All of us at B4FA are saddened by the untimely death of Calestours Juma, and send condolences to his family and colleagues at Harvard and around the world.
Prominent Kenyan academic Calestous Juma has died in the United States at the age of 64, prompting an outpouring of grief and tributes on social media.
“Intellectual giant”, “innovator”, “tireless champion of the world’s poorest” – these are just some of the words used to describe the Harvard University professor after news of his death broke out on Friday.
Juma, whose research and writing focused on science and the environment, was a passionate advocate of the role of technological innovation in transforming African countries.
Earlier this year, he was named among the 100 Most Reputable People on Earth by Reputation Poll, a South African consulting company. Juma was also repeatedly included in the annual list of the 100 Most Influential Africans by the New African magazine.
His lawyer, Peter Wanyama, told Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation that Juma was “unwell for two years” and was undergoing treatment in the US city of Boston when he passed away. Wanyama did not specify the cause of Juma’s death.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta offered condolences on Twitter, saying he was dismayed by the news of the professor’s passing.
“We have lost one of our most distinguished scholars and patriots,” Kenyatta wrote. Read more