Odhiambo on Science in Africa

Thomas R. Odhiambo, founder and director of ICIPE (the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology) in Nairobi. has won international recognition for his efforts as a scientist, educator and administrator to mobilize support for science in Africa. As a child in Kenya he developed a curiosity about wasps that helped inspire his later studies at Makerere University in Uganda and at Cambridge University in England, where he received a Ph.D. in insect physiology in 1965. After stints as

Stephen Greene
Nov 1, 1987

Thomas R. Odhiambo, founder and director of ICIPE (the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology) in Nairobi. has won international recognition for his efforts as a scientist, educator and administrator to mobilize support for science in Africa. As a child in Kenya he developed a curiosity about wasps that helped inspire his later studies at Makerere University in Uganda and at Cambridge University in England, where he received a Ph.D. in insect physiology in 1965. After stints as assistant agricultural officer and entomologist for Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture, Odhiambo became the first professor of the new entomology department at the University of Nairobi. Odhiambo founded ICIPE in 1970 in a Nairobi garage, with a staff of three people, and became its full-time director in 1978. The organization now operates in three countries with a staff of about 450 people and an annual budget of $8.5 million, conducting research and...

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