Dr. Herbert Babatunde Malamah-Thomas

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Dr. Herbert Babatunde Malamah-Thomas

Also Known As: "Mal"
Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone
Death: December 30, 1996 (62)
Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone
Place of Burial: Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone
Immediate Family:

Son of Herbert Henry Thomas and Edna Olive Thomas
Husband of Berit Malamah-Thomas
Father of Martin Malamah-Thomas
Brother of Dr. Derek Melville Malamah-Thomas; Private and Private

Occupation: Nutritionist
Managed by: Private User
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About Dr. Herbert Babatunde Malamah-Thomas


Dr. Herbert Babatunde Malamah-Thomas was born in Freetown on June 19th, 1934. He was born into a Christian, Creole family. They lived on the east-end of Freetown at Malamah-Thomas Street. This street was named after John Henry Malamah-Thomas, the Grand-father who was then Mayor of the City of Freetown. Herbert was a university Professor, Nutrition Consultant on Infant feeding and weaning Foods Preparation to United Nations and the United Nations Development Program (UNO/UNDP). He was the Temporary Adviser and Special Representative of the World Health Organization Regional office for Africa (WHOUNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He was the local Consultant of Nutrition in Sierra Leone specifically and the world in general from 1963-1996. He spoke and wrote French very fluently. He was a prolific writer who published numerous papers on nutrition and health in French and English. He traveled extensively to the following places: Unites States of America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Philippines, Singapore, and Australia. His general professional interests were in Community Development, Applied Nutrition, Infant Feeding, Weaning Foods, Lactation Management, and Rural Health Development. He is married to Berit, a European (Nee Lynnebakke) deceased. Also, he dies suddenly on December 30th, 1996 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. They are survived by a son Martin E. Malamah-Thomas.

Herbert was educated at the Prince of Wales secondary school Kingtom, Sierra Leone. He earned the Bachelors degree in Biology from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania in 1958. The Master of Science degree in Zoology from Howard University, Washington D.C. 1960. The Doctor of Philosophy in Human Nutrition from the University of Dijon, France, 1966. And the Diploma detudes Approfondics (DEA), from Sorbonne University, France, in Psysiologie Cellulaire/Nutrition in 1963.


He was a research Assistant to Professor J. Tremolieras, at The Human Nutrition Laboratory in Paris, France from 1963-1966. After having acquired some excellent knowledge of research he retired from the laboratory to become an Instructor. He was appointed an Instructor in Biology at the American University in Paris from 1967 to 1968. At the completion of his one year teaching contract in France he was appointed Lecturer to Njala University College, University Sierra Leone. He taught at both the Department of Zoology and Home Economics at Njala University College, University Sierra Leone. Also he was visiting Research Fellow in Nutrition at the Department of Nutrition, Institute of Medical Chemistry, Faculty of Medicine and Tradition of Biochemistry, University Uppsala, Sweden-1969-70. At the completion of one year visiting fellowship in Sweden he returned to Sierra Leone and taught for another year at Njala University and resigned in 1971. He was an outstanding professor of Zoology and Home Economics who was well liked by the students.

Herbert resigned from Njala University College, University Sierra Leone as the prospects there seemed deemed. He then joined another closed Organization, the Sierra Leone Civil Service in October of 1971, where the prospects seemed promising. He was appointed Social Welfare Officer (Nutrition) Bennimix Research Development and Social Services, Sierra Leone. When he was a Social Welfare Officer he worked assiduously, dedicatedly, and diligently. He brought with him reservoir of knowledge to the Government services of Sierra Leone. Therefore, based on his scientific talent and outstanding performance in the Ministry of Rural Development and Social Services, Bo Town, he was promoted Manager in 1975, to the Bennimix Baby Food Project and Factory. As manager he demonstrated excellent leadership qualities that attracted the attention of the United Nations Officials and become universally known.


He was president of the Sierra Leone Infant Feeding Action Group (SLIFAG). He was elected associate member, Sigma XI, United States Scientific Research Society for International Society of African Scientists. Also, he was a member of the Society for International Development. He was elected associated member and fellow of the Zoological Society of London. He was Life member of the Institute of Professional Managers, United Kingdom and Institute of Commercial Managers in 1990. Also, he became Vice-President of Nutrition Society of Sierra Leone. He was Vice-Chairman of the National Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Committee (BFHI), Sierra Leone. He was instrumental in initiating, researching and developing the Bennimix for nutritional needs in Sierra Leone. He lived an exemplary life.


This information is obtained from the Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Herbert Babatunde Malamah-Thomas with the kind permission of his son Martin E. Malamah-Thomas and written by Bumey N. Adebola Williams, retired Principal Education Officer (Publications), Ministry of Education, Sierra Leone.

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Dr. Herbert Babatunde Malamah-Thomas's Timeline

June 19, 1934
Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone
- 1951
Age 11
Freetown, Sierra Leone
- 6, 1958
Age 19
Lincoln, Pennsylvania, United States
- 6, 1960
Age 23
Washington DC, District of Columbia, United States
- 1962
Age 25
Paris/Sorbonne, France
- 1966
Age 28
Dijon, France
December 30, 1996
Age 62
Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone
January 8, 1997
Age 62
Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone