On 16th December 2017, World-renowned US-based Kenyan scholar Calestous Juma who has died while undergoing treatment in Boston, Massachusetts.
Professor Calestous Juma Biography, Life history, Education Background, Author, Books, CV, Family.
Calestous Juma was born on June 19th 1953 in Budalang’i and grew up on the Kenyan shores of Lake Victoria.
Calestous Juma obtained early education as one of the pioneer students of the then Port Victoria Secondary School (now John Osogo SS) from 1968-1971.
Calestous Juma 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 Budalang’i-born scholar began his career as a science teacher in Mombasa between 1974 and 1978 before becoming the first science and environment journalist for Daily Nation between 1978 and 1979 and later started his own magazine, Ecoforum.
It was during his brief stint at the Nation that environmental issues were prominently covered by Kenyan media.
He later worked as an editor and researcher at the Environment Liaison Centre in Nairobi between 1979 and 1982.
The scientist, who attained a teacher’s certificate from Egoji Teacher’s College in 1974, also held a PhD in Science Policy Research from the University of Sussex.
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.
The Harvard professor, Calestous Juma was listed in the inaugural list of “2017 Most Reputable People on Earth”.
In 2012, 2013 and 2014 he had been listed among the most influential 100 Africans by the New African magazine.