Hyder is a graduate of Makerere
University (Uganda), Chelsea College (London University), St. Andrews
University (Scotland) and Leeds University (England). At St. Andrews he
took a First in Zoology and at Leeds, a Ph.D. After a Nuffield Research
Fellowship at Makerere, he joined the University of Nairobi in his native
Kenya in 1963, rising to the first Personal Chair (Zoology) in 1970.
Although his main field of research was tilapia reproductive
endocrinology, he has dedicated himself to the field of Islam and biology
as one of his main intellectual pursuits in the last two decades,
especially since his retirement in 1990.
Abstract of paper given at Islam
and Ecology conference:
Human ecological impact has grown in proportion to new technologies acquired. The profit motive has clouded human's vision regarding the effects of the environmental damage being inflicted. Islam provides a set of principles which theoretically should guide its followers to lead a more environment-friendly existence. That this is unfortunately not so, suggests that a way forward is needed.