Makerere University’s Prof Banadda dies of Covid-19

Professor Banadda, the first African recipient of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Pius XI Award succumbed to Coronavirus on Thursday (PHOTO /Courtesy)

Makerere University has lost one of its most decorated professors, Professor, Noble Banadda. , the Head of Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering at the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

Pro Banadda was succumbed to covid-19 on Thursday evening, Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi staff association Chairman said.

“It is with much sadness that I announce the passing on of our colleague and friend Professor Noble Ephraim Banadda. He passed on today after a battle with the deadly Covid 19,” Dr. Kamunyu said.

His death was confirmed by the college he was heading, which posted through its socials to mourn the demise of the young and energetic engineer.

“On a sad note, CAES announces the death of Prof. Noble Banadda which occurred this evening. He was the HoD Agric and Biosystems Engineering, a young, talented, well-published Professor with many innovations on his name. May you rest in peace Prof. Banadda,” the college posted on Facebook


Banadda was a Professor of Biosystems Engineering, a position he attained in 2012 at the age of 37.

He was also a Head of Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.

Dr. Kamunyu said Prof. Banadda was a member of MUASA for only 10 years and made remarkable contribution to his field of teaching and inquiry.

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He has contributed to a number of innovations that have assisted in the advancement of agricultural and food systems in Uganda and beyond.

He has been a Visiting Scholar and Professor at many reputable universities in the world and his works are recognised.

He was the first African to receive the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Pius XI Award (2018).

He was a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (2013) and Fellow of Global Young Academy (2013).

In 2014, he was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Scientist at an Annual Meeting of New Champions.

Professor Banadda was also a Chair of Contracts Committee of Makerere University, a member of Senate and a Council member for a short period.

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He has chaired several committees in the university and has been working with MUASA to ensure that the Staff Health Insurance Scheme Contract is competitively reviewed to the benefit of staff and their families.

Since 2018, he has been a Research Fellow at the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

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