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The Russian Education Ministry was so impressed with his performance that he was offered a scholarship to write for his bachelor’s degree in Moscow in 1996. Robert was not informed by the relevant Jamaican Government ministry. Unaware of the Russian Government’s gift, he went to teach math at Papine High School at the foothills of the world renowned home of arguably the best coffee growing region of the world – the Jamaica Blue Mountains. Undaunted, in 1998 Robert contacted the Russian Embassy to inquire about the non-communication from them. They then informed him that they too were at a loss as to why he had failed to accept his scholarship which they had informed the Jamaican Government of in 1996. They offered him another scholarship which he took up and his flight was paid for by a member of parliament who was a Senator and the then Minister of Education for him to take up his engineering school scholarship in Moscow. 

Robert made it to Moscow – only just – on November 27, 1998. He recalls that when he departed Kingston on November 26, 1998 the temperature was over 30°C, but was -27°C in Moscow. Luckily for him, one of his brothers who was in New York City that same purchased some winter clothes for him. This was indeed the best gift ever. By the time he landed at 8:00 p.m. at Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow, for the very first time, it was much warmer. It was -19°C. Needless to say, -19°C though 6°C warmer than it was the night before was still bitterly and dangerously cold.   

He devoted every waking moment to mastering Russian in his first six months. This was a requirement to matriculate into the degree program. His hard work had paid off once again. He gained admittance into the engineering program at the People’s Friendship University of Russia in Moscow. He was in a bubble. The winters were bitterly cold, but he was fulfilling his dream – albeit partly because he was not enrolled in his preferred degree program. His dream was to study electrical engineering but he was placed in the less fancied “Steam Turbine Engineering” track. Nonetheless, not one to back down from a challenge, Robert spent many sleepless nights learning Chemistry, Biology, Philosophy and Russian History, all subjects he had never ever studied before. Chemistry was gruelling, but he excelled.

As fate would have it, the Jamaican Embassy was shuttered in 1999 – the year after he arrived. So, why was this an issue? He was on a full scholarship, was he not? Unfortunately, while the scholarship covered his full tuition, like all other scholarship recipients, the Russian Government provided a monthly stipend of US $50.00. To offset the other living expenses, the Jamaican Government provided US $1,500.00 twice per annum through the Jamaican Embassy in Moscow. With the closure of the Jamaican Embassy, this lifeline had ended. He was all alone in a foreign land with no one to turn to for financial support. His Maroon blood, his early childhood upbringings in Grants Pen, his days at Charlie Smith and his days caddying at the Constant Spring Golf Club had already prepared him mentally for this challenging time.

He persevered under the austere financial conditions as best he could. He was forced to take a deferral (study break) in 2002. He returned home to Jamaica and stayed there for about a year. He was unable to put enough funds together to continue his degree in Russia. In everything he did, he kept his focus on returning to complete his bachelor’s degree. He soon left for the U.K. in 2003 to work, in order to save enough to return to Russia to complete his first degree. Despite working tirelessly in the U.K. and saving most of what he earned this was still not enough. He eventually landed a teaching position in Dubai from 2004 to 2006. This helped him to save enough to return to Russia and cover all his living expenses to not only complete his engineering bachelor’s degree but also his master’s degree.

He returned to Russia in 2006 to continue his studies. Rather than continuing in Moscow, he was successful in securing a coveted place in the electrical engineering program at Tomsk Polytechnic University in Tomsk, Siberia ranked in the top 10 of technical universities in Russia. He completed his Master’s in 2009 before returning to Jamaica. In 2010, he was awarded the UNESCO scholarship to pursue further studies in electrical engineering with an emphasis on sustainable and renewable energy. He then taught at a British high school in Abu Dhabi in 2011 before returning to Siberia in 2013 to pursue his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at the very prestigious Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radio Electronics. 

This is where his brilliance really shone at its brightest. He was tasked with finding a solution to an age old problem which had baffled the minds of the world’s most formidable electrical engineers, mathematicians and physicists. His professor being aware of his brilliance on the one hand and wanting to give him something to keep him busy, threw down the gauntlet. By October 2013, Robert was buried in his quest to find a solution to create a “Closed Loop System”. He pretty much did not know what was on TV.To paint a clearer picture of what this is all about, picture the times when switching on or off the light there was a spark. This spark is generally thought to be caused due to what is called a load arc. A load arc is the effect of the electrons jumping across the gap which is created momentarily when the contacts are being pulled apart. To overcome this energy loss issue especially for application hybrid, electric and fuel cell systems, he designed a practical “Novel Two-Phase Boost DC-DC Converter” for which he owns a patent and the six dimension (6D) differential equation he formulated to solve this age-long mystery as illustrated in his research paper https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303678844_A_Novel_Two-Phase_Boost_Converter_Model_with_-_Inductive_Energy_Storage_Technology.

Generally speaking, solar, wind and other renewable energy generating systems are believed to be very inefficient. To this end, the primary goal of his work was to find a way to reduce energy loss due to arcing. This is critically important in DC-DC renewable energy systems. So successful was his work however, he not only eliminated the arc but created a continuous closed loop. The effect of this was a resultant negative current. This up to then, was an abstract concept but was never ever before observed. In addition to this, there were no known mathematical equations to explain or prove this phenomenon.

Robert is the first man in history to have achieved this feat. This was akin to creating energy. This has earned him two patents. One for the new theoretical field which this breakthrough has created and a second for its real-world practical solution to one of humanity’s biggest needs. Since his work was shared with his peers, he has been approached by several of the world’s leading renewable energy researchers and producers. He has also done joint research with top Japanese researchers in the field of inductive energy storage, particularly as it relates to electric vehicles, fuel cells and renewable energy systems. Robert is indeed a man who eats, sleeps, drinks, inhales and lives 6D differential equations. 











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