In Memoriam: Calestous Juma, 1953-2017

Calestous Juma, a professor of the practice of international development at the Kennedy School of Harvard University died on December 15 after a long illness. He was 64 years old.

Professor Juma was also the director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization project in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He joined the faculty there in 1999.

A native of Kenya, Dr. Juma taught science and was a journalist before he earned a Ph.D. in science and technology studies at the University of Sussex in England. He went on to establish a nonprofit organization dedicated to using science and technology to foster sustainable development in Africa.

Dr. Juma was the author of The Gene Hunters: Biotechnology and the Scramble for Seeds (Princeton University Press Legacy Series, 2014) and his most recent work, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2016).


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