Присутствовавший на прощании с покойным Генеральный директор компании Manuka Health г-н Kerry Paul произнёс следующую речь:
To Alyson and Family, and Gathered Friends,
Today we are here to pay a tribute and farewell to a True Legend. A man
who will be remembered, not just by ourselves, but by future
generations, as the Father and Founder of the thriving New Zealand
Manuka honey industry.
It is hard to imagine how many people today owe him for their health, wealth and well-being.
Peter’s work has benefited many. There are literally thousands of
scientists and students, many thousands in the New Zealand Manuka honey
industry and worldwide tens of thousands of people selling Manuka honey
to millions of consumers that have benefited in some way from Peter’s
discovery of this miraculous natural product.
And all this started with Peter Molan. Not many people can look back on
their lives and make claim to have started a whole industry!
But really Peter’s contribution was not about commercial objectives. He
was driven by an overwhelming desire to help those people in need.
There have been numerous cases where people have overcome adverse health
conditions and improved their quality of life by using Manuka honey:
- Diabetics, have had their limbs saved from amputation;
- People with acute and hard to heal infected wounds have had them healed;
- Those suffering with stomach ulcers and other serious digestive problems have found a solution;
- Eczema and dermatitis sufferers have found an answer to their problem;
- And many hospitals across Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand
have been successfully using Manuka honey for healing burns and infected
wounds which conventional medicine has failed to remedy.
And this all is due to the scientific discovery of the unique
antibacterial activity of Manuka Honey made by Professor Peter Molan
some 25 years ago.
Peter’s role was wider than the initial discovery. He was a universal
communicator. He took on the mission to promote this knowledge to as
wider audience as possible. Peter presented his studies to many
different audiences from scientists and health professionals at various
scientific forums and conferences right across to answering questions
from everyday consumers. Peter had the ability to get his message across
in all forums. Even in retirement Peter continuously kept using every
opportunity to educate and promote the science behind genuine Manuka
Nobody was too small for a modest, big-hearted Professor who always seemed to have time to address questions from everyone.
For many years the reason why Manuka Honey was unique remained unknown.
There was not just Professor Peter Molan, but many scientists and
pharmaceutical companies worldwide trying to find the holy grail of the
Manuka Honey industry.
The answer came from Germany in 2006 from Professor Thomas Henle’s
group. It is fair to say Peter did not take this news easily. However
the mark of a true scientist is being open to accepting credible
evidence as part of the process of building knowledge. Peter was able to
correct his opinion and be convinced by purely scientific arguments –
the sign of a perfect scientist.
We all enjoyed the interaction Peter had with Thomas Henle. The two
Scientific Giants of the Manuka Honey industry met several years ago and
Peter showed the ability to constructively criticise and receive
self-criticism, all important elements in a scientific discussion. I
could have sold tickets for a few thousand dollars each to those who
wanted to be present at that dinner table!
Deeply generous, ethical and humble, Peter was a man of strong
principles. He tirelessly fought against unscrupulous companies who
misled consumers by selling them falsely-labelled manuka honey. Also
Peter would stand up to those in the industry who he believed were not
being honest and acting in a just manner. He took them on. Peter was
certainly a shining knight on a crusade and fought fearlessly for what
he believed. Integrity A+++ (triple plus) was what Peter Molan was
Peter I will miss those emails you endlessly generated aimed at exposing those who fell below your high standards.
We have always and will always remember Peter as a great scientist, man
of principles, and the Father of the Manuka Honey industry.
In our opinion he deserves to be knighted for his remarkable contribution to the development of the New Zealand economy.
Sir Peter Molan, thank you from all of us and rest in peace.