Watch an exclusive interview with
but few are
in the in-between page-retractions
Such is the
Dr. Brian Copeland. His father is the well-known veteran mas band leader Mack Copeland.
He is soft-spoken, humorous, cerebral, forward-thinking, thoughtful and
extremely patriotic - maybe to a fault. He is indeed a son
of the soil who is always thinking of Trinidad and Tobago first.
However, in the last couple of years Dr. Copeland has been
on a journey that has taken him from revered, awarded national
hero - to accusations of improprieties for the very inventions
that he was awarded for.
of who he is.
clear, when, in an off-camera
moment, he speaks of
to not look down on
he told them
- they knew
just as much
simply calling it
illustrated when he
Caught in a vicious web of political national partisan party
politics, Copeland has suffered many indignities to his
reputation, character and honor. The episode took a tremendous
toll on his family - as they were among the causalities of this
experience. Not to mention the loss of his mother in the process.
In this UpClose When Steel Talks exclusive
interview, Dr. Copeland tells all - who, what, when and why. He
shares his pains, visions and expectations for the future.
In addition, Copeland speaks on the CARIRI
Institute) project of the
mid-70s-early 80s, and
the lost opportunity to take advantage of that
initiative, and moreover harnessing the
genius and technological brilliance of
Copeland says two things really hurt him as a result of this
incident: the loss of his mother, and the loss of the talents of ten very bright,
young people who were part of the development team.
Through it all Copeland is remarkably, not bitter, and remains
in his own words “a forgiving kind of person.” To date Copeland
nor does he
He chalks up
as “It’s us growing and building
as a nation.”
“There were ten young people on the project. Now this
project was always bigger than pan. We viewed it as a pilot
project for showing the nation how to innovate. We feel, that we
have to be ready for when that oil money is done and the way to
do it is to have a higher/stronger culture of innovation in our
people. That makes you more able to survive when Mother Nature
or man hits you a whammy. It’s a very important ability. You
might not make a million dollars from it, but hey, you will know
how to land on your feet. So we had ten young people with us
going through this process - it’s the kind of thing, stuff you see
happening up here (in the US) quite a lot. It was happening in
Trinidad and Tobago - and they had to leave. I cried the day when
that happened. I had to tell those guys “I can’t hold you
“I was prepared to pay them with my own money for a couple of
months, but that did not make sense. That, to me, was one of the
lowest points of the project... To me that is a loss to the
That was a
Amidst the obvious pain and reflection, Copeland was proud to
say that creator of the Indigisounds software DAC Acoustic
Services’ David A. Chow was one of his graduates, one of his guys...