One of the most respected global scientists Prof Calestous Juma has died. The Kenyan professor at Harvard University in the US, who called himself “a genetically modified crop optimist”, died yesterday while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Born in June 9, 1953, Juma was listed among the most influential 100 Africans by the New African magazine in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He also won several international awards. The professor, who has written widely on science, technology and environment, served on the boards of several institutions including the Aga Khan and the Pan-African universities. Yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta and the National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga described him as a distinguished scholar and a patriot.