Professor Noble Banadda of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda has become the first African to be awarded the Pius XI medal. This is in recognition of his outstanding researches in science and engineering. The medal, which is awarded by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences every two years to a scientist under the age of 45, was established by Pope John XXIII to promote scientific research.
Prof. Banadda was raised in Kabale, South-Western Uganda where he had his primary and secondary school education. He picked an interest in science while observing medical doctors in their white laboratory coats and started on his journey but eventually ended up in an entirely different field.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania, earned his Master’s in Processing Engineering and a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. There, he became the first black African to get a Doctorate degree from the University and by the end of his Doctorate, he had nine journal papers in peer-reviewed scientific papers.
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