Thomas Odhiambo was a prominent Kenyan scientist who founded the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), an international insect research centre renowned for giving African farmers low-cost solutions for pest control. He matriculated at Queens’ College Cambridge in 1959, reading Natural Sciences, and later graduated with a PhD in Insect Physiology becoming the first Kenyan to study at Queens’ College. He was the first Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Nairobi and was the first Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture. Among his many honours, Dr. Odhiambo was the 1987 laureate of the Africa Prize for Leadership.
He founded what became the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology(ICIPE) in 1967 at the University of Nairobi, where he taught. In 1985, Professor Odhiambo's efforts to develop and promote scientific expertise among Africans led to the establishment of the African Academy of Sciences. In addition, he served as founding Vice President of the Third World Academy of Sciences until 1999, founding President of the Association of African Science Editors until 1995 and founding President of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences until 1994
Prof Rev. John Mbiti
Prof Rev. John Mbiti is another Black Cantab who is a leading African philosopher and theologian from Kenya. Mbiti studied in Uganda and the United States, taking his doctorate in 1963 at the University of Cambridge. Mbiti's seminal book, African Religions and Philosophy (1969), was the first work to challenge Christian assumption that traditional African religious ideas were "demonic and anti-Christian.
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