Reknowned Kenyan scholar Prof Calestous Juma dies

World-renowned Professor Calestous Juma has died at the age of 64 while undergoing treatment in Boston.

He was a professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.

The Kenyan-born Harvard professor was internationally recognised for his immense contribution to science, technology and innovation.

Calestous Juma who was also an author was among the first African Science and Environmental journalists. Before he died, the professor who has several publications under his name was working on a new book titled: A New Culture of Innovation: Technology, Entrepreneurship and Prosperity.

He was also named among the top 100 Africans for three years running from 2012 to 2014. Professor Juma died just a week after the burial of his mother, leaving behind one wife and a son.

Among those to eulogise Juma were President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame.

Kenyatta condoled with the family of the late Juma, describing him as a distinguished scholar and patriot whose dedication to Kenya’s cause showed in his founding of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Nairobi.

In a tweet, President Kagame described Prof Juma as a brilliant mind dedicated to innovation, education and Africa’s propserity.

Others who condoled with Prof Juma’s family included Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and the NASA leader Raila Odinga.

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