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Prof Thomas Adeoye Lambo, OBE (March 29, 1923 – March 13, 2004) was a Nigerian scholar, administrator and psychiatrist. He is credited as the first western trained psychiatrist in Nigeria and Africa. Between 1971 and 1988, he worked at the World Health Organization, becoming the agency’s Deputy Director General.

Prof T. Adeoye Lambo, the first indigenous Nigerian to earn a specialty degree in psychiatry in the United Kingdom in 1954.

Lambo returned to Nigeria to become the medical superintendent of the newly founded Aro Mental Hospital in Abeokuta, Nigeria’s first “modern” mental hospital.

At Aro, Lambo began to revolutionize psychiatric research and clinical practice in Nigeria, working to integrate “modern” western medical theory and technologies with “traditional” cultural understandings of mental illness.

Prof. Lambo was the visiting Hannah Professor of History of Medical and Related Sciences at Queen’s University in the late 1970s. The W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections Library at Queen’s holds his personal library.

His contributions earned him the position of Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organization in 1973, an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1962 and the Haile Sellasie Research Award in 1977. He was also a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan(1968-71). He was awarded the highest academic award, the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) in Nigeria at its inception in 1979.

He died on 13th of March 2004, aged 80.

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