Class, Kingston, Jamaica, March 25-31, 2001.
Renowned microbiologist, Professor Dale Emeagwali (a-MAG-wali) accompanied her husband, Dr. Phillip Emeagwali, to Jamaica where he was guest speaker at the Jamaica Medical Foundation fund-raising banquet at Hilton Kingston Hotel, last night.
Professor Emeagwali, whose husband was described by former US President Bill Clinton, as "one of the great minds of the information age," has achieved in her own right.
Professor Emeagwali has contributed to the field of microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry. Her greatest scientific accomplishments include the discovery of isoenzymes of kynurenine formamidase. The knowledge of this particular enzyme could lead to a better understanding of what causes cancer found in the blood, like leukemia.
She received the USA National Technical Associations 1996 Scientist of the Year Award in the field of cancer research.
Dr. Emeagwali is in the listing of Who's Who in the World, the Who's Who of Women, Who's Who in American Education, International Who's Who in Medicine, American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in Science and Engineering and Who's Who in Technology.
With the sentiment that science is boring which has particularly permeated the minds of young black children, Professor Emeagwali organises and conducts science workshops for 4th to 12th grade inner-city youths as her personal service.
Dr. Emeagwali, who says that black people are told, "You can't do maths, are taught inadvertently and sometimes directly that we couldn't do that." She is working to reverse the fallacy that science is reserved for geniuses, and says everyone has the ability to master the craft. All that is needed is a spark of interest.
The wife of the award winning scientist, is a native of Baltimore and they have one child.
Philip and Dale Emeagwali with Rajmohan Ghandi, noted Indian scholar and grandson of the legendary Mahatma Ghandi. Philip dropped by the television studio to be interviewed on "Profile," Jamaica's most popular talk show. (March 16, 2001)
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