Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Nigerian physicist bags UNESCO award

A Nigerian physicist Professor Francisca Okeke is one of the five winners of the 2013 L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science. The third Nigerian Laureate since the UNESCO-L’Oreal partnership was established in 1998.

Nigerian bags UNESCO award

Prof. Francisca Okeke of the University of Nigeria Nsukkabags the awards following her 'significant contributions to the understanding of daily variations of the ion currents in the upper atmosphere which may further our understanding of climate change'.

She was honoured in the Africa/Arab States category.

Others are Prof. Reiko Kuroda of Japan (Asia/Pacific); Prof. Pratibha Gai of the UK (Europe); Prof. Marcia Barbosa of Brazil (Latin America) and Prof. Deborah Jin of the US (North America).

“These five outstanding women scientists have given the world a better understanding of how nature works,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “Their pioneering research and discoveries have changed the way we think in various areas of the physical sciences and opened new frontiers in science and technology. Such key developments have the potential to transform our society.”

The women were formally presented with the award, as well as US$100,000 each, in Paris 28 March.


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