Thomas R. Odhiambo
Professor Thomas R. Odhiambo was born in Mombasa, Kenya. He was educated at Makerere University in Uganda and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, where he received an M.A. in Natural Science and a Ph.D. in Insect Physiology. Professor Odhiambo was an entomologist and environmentalist who spent the majority of his life directing research and scientific development in Africa. He taught at the University of Nairobi, but is best known for founding the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Kenya in 1970 and serving as its director for 25 years. He also helped to establish other institutions including the Kenya National Academy of Sciences and the African Academy of Sciences. He was founding Chairman and CEO of the Industrial Technology and Engineering Trust in Kenya, founding Chairman and Managing Trustee of the Foundation for the Promotion of Children’s Science Publications in Africa and founding Director and Managing Trustee of the Research and Development Forum for Science-Led Development in Africa. Professor Odhiambo passed away on May 26, 2003 in Nairobi.
Professor Odhiambo was honored by being the first recipient of the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger in 1987 jointly with Abdou Diouf, former President of Senegal. He also received the Albert Einstein Medal and the Gold Mercury International Award as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Oslo.