Professor Oyewale Tomori was born in Ilesha, Osun State, on 3rd February 1946. He was at the St Peter’s Primary School, Ishona, Ilesha from 1952 to 1957, and was at the Government College, Ughelli, from 1958-1964. He attended the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria, from 1966-1971. He did his postgraduate studies in the University of Ibadan, from 1972-1976. He holds the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) degree of ABU, the Certificate in Immunology and the Ph.D. Virology degrees, both of the University of Ibadan. He has been inducted into several select eminent professional and scientific bodies, including, but not limited to, foundation Fellowship of the College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria (FCVSN), Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) of the United Kingdom, and Fellowship of the Academy of Sciences (FAS) of Nigeria. In 2002, he received the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), Nigeria’s pre-eminent and most respected and recognized awards. an award for intellectual scientific and professional excellence. In addition to these accolades, awards as well as attainments, he also was recognized, in 1981, for his invaluable contribution to research on the deadly Lassa virus, by the United States’ Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Certificate for contribution to Lassa Fever Research, and in 1990 he was awarded the Nigeria National Ministry of Science and Technology Merit Award for excellence in medical research. The Wellcome Trust-Oritsejolomi Thomas Award was won, in 1990, by Professor Tomori, for contribution to medical science through research and publications in the field of Lassa Fever studies. In 2009 he was honoured by the European Business Assembly with the International Socrates Award for strong leadership, driving innovation and growth, remarkable development and quality assurance.
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