DATE OF BIRTH: September 25, 1911
PLACE OF BIRTH: ...., Trinidad
  • Queen's Royal College
  • Oxford University (Ph. D., 1938)
  • CAREER:                                 Dr. Eric Eustace Williams was the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. He served from 1956 until his death in 1981. He was also a noted Caribbean historian. He won an island scholarship in 1932 which gave him the opportunity to attend Oxford University. In 1939, Williams accepted a position at Howard University, becoming a full professor by 1947. In 1944, he was appointed to the Anglo-American Caribbean Commission. In 1948, Williams returned to Trinidad as the Commission's Deputy Chairman of the Caribbean Research Council. Williams' publications included:
    • The Negro in the Caribbean (1942)
    • Capitalism and Slavery (1944)
    • History of the People of Trinidad and Tobago (1964)
    • British Historians and the West Indies (1964)
    • Inward Hunger (1969)
    • From Columbus to Castro: History of the Caribbean 1492-1969 (1970)
    • 2002 - Trinidad & Tobago Trinity Cross (Posthumously, for Distinguished Service)
    DIED: March 29, 1981
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit