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The inaugural lecture series was started in the day of the University of East Africa when it was the practice of the University College Nairobi to have its newly appointed professors deliver their first public lectures in Nairobi. The academic journey begun in 1966 when Prof. H.W. Alexander, gave the first ever inaugural lecture in the University. To date, a total of 46 inaugural lectures have been given at the University of Nairobi as highlighted below.

2017

 

 

Prof. Julius Alexander Ogeng'o, a Professor of Human Anatomy,

"Anatomical Variations among Black Kenyans: Relevance in Health and Disease"

November 13, 2017

 

 

 

 

2015

 
 
 
Prof. Clement Meshack Peter Oniang’o - Professor of Philosophy  
 
‘The Role of Philosophy at the University’
 
November 20, 2015

 

 

 

 

2013

 

 

Prof. Annie Patricia G. Kameri-Mbote, SC - Law

“Fallacies of Equality and Inequality: Multiple Exclusions in Law and Legal Discourses”

January 24, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

2012

 

Prof. Julius W. Mwangi - Pharmarcy

“Herbal Medicine: Do They Really Work”

March 14, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

2007

 

 

Prof. Collete Suda - Arts

“Formal Monogamy and Informal Polygyny in Parallel: African Family Tradition in Transition”

October 4,2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Ciarunji Chesaina -   Arts

“The Role and Significance of Oral Literature in Social and Psychological Development of Children: Towards a Re-evaluation of Children’s Oral Literature” 

July 26, 2007

 

 

 

2006

 

Prof. F.A Aduol- Engineering

“From Rope-Stretcher to E-mapping: The story of the Discipline of Surveying”

May 26, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. J.T.Kaimenyi - Dental Sciences

“Achieving Oral Health for all in Kenya: A Reality or a Myth?”

May 18, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

2004

 

 

Prof. Ratemo Waya Michieka – Agriculture

“Environmental Degradation and Pollution: Let us Reverse the Trends”

September 9, 2004

 

 

 

 

2003

 

Prof.  George Albert Omore Magoha- Medicine

"Urological Footprints in Kenya "That Water May Flow": A Story About Male Genital Cancer and Dysfunction"

October 9, 2003

 

 

 

 

Prof. Chris. L. Wanjala - Social Science

“The  growth of  Literary Tradition  in East Africa”

June 19,2003

 

 

 

 

 

2001

 

 

Prof. D. Okoth Okombo – Social Science.

“Language Policy – The Forgotten Parameter in African Development and Governance Strategies”

October 4, 2001

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
August 13, 2001
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1999

Prof.   Lucia N. Omondi – Arts

“Language and Life: A linguistic Glance at Kenya”

September 30, 1999

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Paul M. Syagga – A.D.D.

“Real Property Valuation: A Profession in search of a Discipline”

September 23, 1999

 
 
 
 
 

 

Prof. Simiyu Wandibba – I.A.S.

“The Past and the Present in the Present: Ceramic Ethnoarchaeology in Kenya”

September 9, 1999

 

 

 

1996

 
 

“Religion and Social Construction of Reality”

September 26, 1996

 

 

 

 

 
Prof. Charles Karimi Maitai – Veterinary Meicine

“The Dynamic Interplay Between man, Health and Medicine: A Historical Perspective”

July 18, 1996

 

 

 

 

1995 

Prof. Joseph Major Nyasani – Arts

“The Metaphysics of Cosmogony and the Enthropic Death of the Physical Universe”

August 17, 1995

 

 

 

 

1993

 

Prof. Felix Makau Luti – Engineering

“Combustion: The Perpetual Burning Problem”

January 28, 1993

 

 

 

1992

 
 
 
Prof.   Alfred Vincent Otieno – Engineering

“Laser: The Splendor of Light”

July 30, 1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof.  Jacton B. Ojwang – Law

“Laying a Basis for Right"

July 9,1992

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. James Kirumbi Kimani – Medicine

“Prevention of Fainting and Oedema in the Giraffe”

July 2, 1992

 

1989

 

 

Prof. Francis J. Gichaga – Engineering

“The Engineer in Road Building:  The Kenya Perspective”

November 2, 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

1986

 

Prof. R.S. Rostom – Engineering

“Survey in Developing Kenya: The Role and the Prospects”

July 23, 1986

 

 

 

1982

Prof. Reuben Benjamin Ogendo – Arts

“Geography: The Discipline and its Role in Public Policy”

May 27,1982

 

1981        


 

Prof. Otieno Malo – Science

“Pervasiveness of Physics in Life”

April 28, 1981

 

 

 

Prof. Gideon S. Were – I.A.S.

“History, Public Morality and Nation Building: A Survey of Africa since Independence”

March 26, 1981

 

Prof.   R.B.L. Smith – Engineering

“The Engineers and the Environment”

February 26, 1981

1980

 

Prof. J. Muhangi – Medicine

“Psychiatry in Kenya:  New horizons in Medical Care” 

January 31, 1980

 

 

 

 

 

1978

 

Prof.   Gellaram Ghetandas Asnani – Science

“Will it Rain Tomorrow”

November 30, 1978

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Prof.   Neville John Skinner – Science

“Geophysics in Tropical Africa”

May 11, 1978

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Hillary Peter Ojiambo – Medicine

“Twenty Years in Medicine”

March 9, 1978

 

1977

 
 
 
Prof. Gerald Munene Mugera – Pharmacy

“Useful Drugs and Cancer causing Chemicals in Kenya Medical and Toxic Plants”

November 22, 1977

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Joseph Gerardus Donders – Arts

“Don’t Fence us in: The Liberating Force of Philosophy”

March 10, 1977

 

 

 

1976

 

Prof. Godwin Olu Patrick Obasi – Science

“The Art of Rainmakers”

 

 

May 19, 1976

 

 

 

Prof. Henry Sinchair Wood – A.D.D. 

“Synthesis in Design and Education”

May 12, 1976

 

 

 

 

1975

Prof. Thomas R. Odhiambo – Vet. Medicine

“Insect Production and Reproduction”

December 2, 1975

 

 

 

1971

 

Prof. Hector M. Cameron – Medicine

“Kenya’s Cancers”

October 1, 1971

 

 

 

 

Prof. Francis C.A. Cammaerts – Education

“A Definition of Teacher Education: Traditional growth and Future Development"

October 8, 1971

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. David Robertshaw – Vet. Medicine

“The Relevance of Animal Physiology to Animal Production in Kenya”

October 22, 1971

 

 

 

 

Prof.  Andrew J. Gurr – Arts

“Home is either here nor there”

October 29, 1971

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Mohamed Hyder – Science

“…and Foresight is Power” 

November 26, 1971

 

 

 

 

Prof. Stephen C. Neil – Arts

“and this should not be forgotten”

November 12, 1971

 

 

 

1968

Prof. Joseph M. Mungai – Medicine

“The Anthropological basis of Medicine in East Africa”

November 16, 1968

 

Prof. Simeon H. Ominde – Arts

“Geography and African Development”

February 22, 1968

 

1966

Prof. Peter Robins – Science

“Chemistry and Archeology – A meeting place for the two cultures”

November 25, 1966

 

Prof. H.W. Alexander – Science

“Mathematics and the Arts”

23rd September, 1966

 

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