Could Africa Produce the next Einstein?

Neil Turok certainly believes so. As he accepted the TED Prize, as is customary to say a wish:

My wish is that you help us unlock and nurture scientific talent across Africa, so that within our lifetimes we are celebrating an African Einstein.

A celebrated physicist, he founded the Africa Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Cape Town, SA as a postgraduate educational center to support development of mathematics and science in Africa and as a model for the Next Einstein from Africa initiative.

Turok’s vision is to expand AIMS by opening 15 new centers across Africa in five years. A network of progress can be created to foster entrepreneurship in the continent.

His TED Prize Wish:


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