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Prof. Shem Oyoo Wandiga

Prof. Shem Oyoo Wandiga

B.Sc. (Howard), M.Sc. (Maryland), Ph. D. (Case), FKNAS

Professor of Chemistry, University of Nairobi. P.O. Box 30197 - 00100, Nairobi.

Prof. Wandiga was born in Karachuonyo, South Nyanza District in 1939. He received his early education at Kamagambo School in his home district and at the Pine Forge Institute, Pennslvannia. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees at Howard, Maryland and Case universities respectively. He joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nairobi in 1972, where he has held responsible position like Chairman and Professor of Chemistry. He is a member of many national and international scientific organizations including, Chairman, Natural Sciences Committee of the Kenya National Commission of UNESCO, a Member of the International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans and Coordinate of the Eastern and Southern Africa Environmental Chemistry Network.

Prof. Wandiga has had a long standing research interest in Coordination Chemistry, and Environmental and Pollution Chemistry. He has to date published over 40 scientific papers mainly in the area of coordination and analytical chemistry. His studies of heavy metal content in living specimens have revealed moderate to high concentrations in Kenya Human hair. However, the concentration of these metals in the tissues of fish from the Winam Gulf of Lake Victoria and Indian Ocean are low. Similarly, the metals concentration in the lakes of Kenya water and sediments are low. His recent achievement involves the identification of termites as a major biological source of methane and carbon dioxide emission of the tropics feeding on fungus combs and soil do emit methane and carbon dioxide as do lower termites.

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