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Anthony Gachanja

Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

Qualities of a successful mentor or educator? To be a mentor, you need to be a good listener, have patience, and be able to put yourself in the mentee's shoes. It’s important to understand their current situation, level of exposure, knowledge bank, and what resources are available to them. By aligning with them, you’re in a position to give guidance for their scientific career. Sharing your knowledge and contacts can also boost their progression.

Biggest challenge facing the field? A major challenge in science today is inclusivity for all – including major limitations in availability of facilities for scientists in developing countries. Without the ability to experiment and interact with scientific ideas, it is difficult to explore new territories. Science across YouTube is fantastic – providing opportunities to indulge firsthand, but lab work is still essential for that Eureka moment within research studies. Setting Centers of Excellence is a great step forward – setting up science camps for different grades of learners will keep the fire of science exploration burning.

The decade’s most important development? The development of high-resolution measurements of mass and magnetic resonance, which is cross-cutting for all areas of science. To retain talented scientists into the future, such facilities must be made accessible everywhere – including resource starved counties. Scientists across the world should have the same opportunities to contribute to solving world problems.

Part of the Power List 2020

Around the World in 60 Scientists

The Power List is back, and this time we’re taking you on a trip that circles the globe – one analytical scientist at a time!

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Part of the Power List 2017

The Magnificent Tens

The Magnificent Tens
After 2016’s celebration of women in analytical science, we return to the Top 100 for 2017.
But there’s a twist. This summer, we asked you to nominate scientists in ten categories – from the stars of separation science, to omics explorers, to the mentors training the next generation.

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