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Biography - Peter Roger Morgan

Peter Roger Morgan was born in 1943 Wellingborough, UK. He graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc in Zoology in 1964 and a PhD in Marine Biology in 1968. On leaving Hull in 1968, Dr Morgan spent three years as a Research Fellow in Limnology at University of Malawi. In 1972 he began work as Medical Research Officer and Advisor for the Ministry of Health at the Blair Research Laboratory, Zimbabwe, a position he held for 20 years. In 1993 he took up his current post of Director of Aquamor, Pvt. Ltd, a not for profit company working in the rural water supply and sanitation sector in Zimbabwe.

Dr Morgan has developed many innovations linked to environmental and public health, which now serve millions of people in the African sub-region and elsewhere. These include the Blair VIP toilet (known internationally as the VIP), the Blair Pump, Bucket Pump and the ‘B’ Type Bush Pump, which has been the national standard hand pump in Zimbabwe since 1989. He researched and initiated the Upgraded Family Well ‘self-supply’ program in Zimbabwe, and his further studies in ecological sanitation led to simplified methods of recycling human excreta, including toilet systems known as the Arborloo and Fossa alterna.

Dr Morgan has also received a number of prestigious awards. He was awarded the Zimbabwe Scientific Association Gold Medal in 1983, and three years later received the International Inventors Award, Stockholm. In 1991 he became an MBE for his major contribution to the field of water sanitation and drinking water supply in developing countries. Six years later he received the Paul Harris Fellow, presented by The Rotary Foundation, and in 2009 was presented with the Water AfricaSan Award for Technical Innovation in Sanitation from the African Ministers' Council. 

More recently, Dr Morgan received the 2012 Rural Water Supply Network Award for Lifetime Services to Rural Water Supply, and in 2013 he was named the Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his work protecting the health and lives of millions of people through improved sanitation and water technologies.

Dr Morgan is married with two children. His interests include sailing, photography and DIY.




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