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Kenyan Don Crowned 2021 L’Oréal-Unesco Laureate

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Kenyan scientist and lecturer, Prof Catherine Ngila is among the top five women researchers globally crowned as the 2021 L’Oréal-Unesco Laureates.

The awards recognised the five women researchers in mathematics, astrophysics, chemistry and informatics globally. They were honoured during the International Day of Women and Girls in Science held on February 11.

Prof Catherine Ngila holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Master’s of Science in Chemistry from Kenyatta University. She also has a PhD in Analytical Environmental Chemistry from the University of South Wales, Australia.

She is currently the acting Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences, former Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic and Student Affairs (DVC-AA) at Riara University and a visiting Professor of Applied Chemistry at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Innovative work

She is recognized for introducing, developing and applying nanotechnology-based analytical methods to monitor water pollutants.

Her innovative work is of vital importance for the development of water resource management in an environmentally sustainable way.

The other four women awardees include Prof Kyojo Nozaki a professor of Chemistry in Tokyo Japan, Professor Shafi Goldwasser the Director of the Simons Institute for Theory of Computing and professor in electrical and computer science in MIT USA, Prof Franscoise Combes, chair of Galaxies and Cosmogy in France, and Prof Alicia Dickenstein a mathematics professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.