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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,15TH DEC 2017-US-based Kenyan scholar Calestous Juma is dead.His death comes just sliightly over five months after he was named as one of the most reputable people in the world in June this year.
Prof Juma, who until his death was teaching at Harvard University, was the only Kenyan to be listed in the inaugural list of “2017 Most Reputable People on Earth”.
Prof Juma died while undergoing treatment in Boston, Massachusetts.
According to the family lawyer Peter Wanyama ,the prof has been unwell for close to two years.
“Prof has been unwell for the past two years and today we received the sad news of his passing. Any more details will come from his family,” lawyer Peter Wanyama said.
Mr Wanyama said, Prof Juma’s mother was buried just two weeks ago, but because of his sickness, he was not able to attend the funeral.
“He had, however, told me that he was planning to travel to the country in the early part of next year. Unfortunately, that will not be possible,” Mr Wanyama said.
Prof Makau Mutua, another US-based scholar, said he was shocked and “deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Prof Calestous Juma, an African intellectual giant.”
“He was a towering scholar and a great human being. The best of the best. Unbelievable.”
Prof Juma was one of the most sought after experts in the field of application of science, technology and innovation to sustainable development in developing and developed countries.
A public intellectual, he was very prolific in social media, frequently sharing his writings on Twitter.
In the June list of fame, Prof Juma featured alongside luminaries such as Bill Gates, Barack and Michelle Obama and the Pope.
It was not the first time that Prof Juma was being picked for honours.
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In 2012, 2013 and 2014 he had been listed among the most influential 100 Africans by the New African magazine.
Prof Juma started his rich career as a science teacher in Mombasa between 1974 and 1978 before becoming the first science and environment journalist writing for for Daily Nation between 1978 and 1979.He later went to estbalish his own publication a magazine known as Ecoforum.