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Encyclopedia > Tom Davis (Cook Islands)
Sir Tom Davis

In office
July 25, 1978 – April 13, 1983
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Albert Henry
Succeeded by Geoffry Henry

In office
November 16, 1983 – July 29, 1987
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Geoffry Henry
Succeeded by Pupuke Robati

Born June 11, 1917
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Died July 23, 2007
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Political party Democratic Party


Sir Thomas (Tom) Davis KBE (June 11, 1917 Rarotonga - July 23, 2007 Rarotonga) was a former Prime Minister of the Cook Islands and a medical researcher. He has also served as Cook Island High Commissioner to New Zealand. He was knighted in 1981. The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands is the most powerful official within the government of the Cook Islands, a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand. ... is the 206th day of the year (207th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Elizabeth II in an official portrait as Queen of Canada (on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002, wearing the Sovereigns badges of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) (born 21 April 1926), styled HM The... Albert Royle Henry was a pioneer in Cook Islands politics, and a driving force behind Cook Islands self-government, which it obtained on 4 August 1965. ... The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands is the most powerful official within the government of the Cook Islands, a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Elizabeth II in an official portrait as Queen of Canada (on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002, wearing the Sovereigns badges of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) (born 21 April 1926), styled HM The... Rarotonga Island from space, September 1994 View of a Rarotongan beach. ... The Democratic Party is a political party in the Cook Islands. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... Rarotonga Island from space, September 1994 View of a Rarotongan beach. ... is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands is the most powerful official within the government of the Cook Islands, a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand. ... High Commissioner is the title of various high-ranking, special executive positions held by a commission of appointment. ...

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Early life

Sir Tom was born on the island of Rarotonga. His full name was Thomas Robert Alexander Harries Davis. He was the first Cook Islands medical graduate in New Zealand, finishing his studies at Otago in 1945. He then served as Medical Officer in the Cook Islands working to improve the country's health system. Rarotonga Island from space, September 1994 View of a Rarotongan beach. ... The University of Otago in Dunedin is New Zealands oldest university with over 20,000 students enrolled during 2006. ...


In 1952, he went to Harvard University, initially completing a Master of Public Health, before joining their Department of Nutrition. Subsequently, he worked for various parts of the armed forces as a research physiologist, before joining NASA to work on the space program. Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... Physiology (in Greek physis = nature and logos = word) is the study of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of living organisms. ... The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an agency of the United States federal government, responsible for the nations public space program. ...


The University of Otago awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2005. The University of Otago in Dunedin is New Zealands oldest university with over 20,000 students enrolled during 2006. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Politics

Sir Tom was a founder of the Cook Islands Democratic Party in 1971, and became opposition leader in 1972, going on to serve as Prime Minister from July 25, 1978 until April 13, 1983, and following the short first tenure of Geoffrey A. Henry, again from November 16, 1983 until July 29, 1987, when he left office while the Democratic Party was still in power. The Democratic Party is a political party in the Cook Islands. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 206th day of the year (207th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


He later went on to serve as High Commissioner to New Zealand. High Commissioner is the title of various high-ranking, special executive positions held by a commission of appointment. ...


See also

Politics of the Cook Islands takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic dependency, whereby the Chief Minister is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. ...

External Links

  • Sir Tom Davis dies aged 90

References

  • Honorary doctorate for former Cook Islands PM, University of Otago Bulletin, Issue 10, 20 May 2005.

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