Africa is the cradle of civilization, a land abundant in resources and natural beauty, and a continent rife with culture, art, and history. It’s also home to poverty and exploitation, torn asunder by decades of colonial and post-colonial forces that has left most of its people subject to enduring bouts of famine and disease. Yet, Africa is also experiencing a boom in science and technology, enjoying a surge in scientific funding in an attempt to become a knowledge-based and industrial economy. Specifically, political leaders across the continent have been investing millions of dollars in building a new line of telescopes that rivals, and in some cases surpasses, some of the best in the world. Taking advantage of low light pollution and year-round temperate weather, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), located in Sutherland, is one example of how astronomy in Africa is inspiring a new generation of engineers and scientists to advance scientific exploration and discovery.
Kristian strives to enlighten and entertain readers. In addition to his teaching and editorial responsibilities, he is working on a science-fiction novel that promises not to include exoskeleton suits and anemic aliens floating in mysterious vats of green-tinted goop.