Meet 32-year-old Brenda Namumba, a Physicist.

She just became the first Zambian female with Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Astrophysics.

She holds a Bachelors Science (Bsc) honors degree in Physics from the University of Zambia (UNZA), Masters of Science (Msc) in Astronomy and Astrophysics from University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Astrophysics from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Dr. Namumba is now a postdoctoral Fellow at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) and part of the young scientists working on what will be the world largest radio astronomy interferometer, the SKA.

Dr. Namumba along with her colleagues Claude Carignan, and Sean Passmoor last April submitted HI observations of the Local Group dwarf irregular galaxies Sextans A and B, obtained with the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7).
HI or hydrogen line refers to the electromagnetic radiation spectral line that is created by a change in the energy state of neutral hydrogen atoms.

Do you know what Astrophysics is?

Astrophysics is the branch of astronomy concerned with the physical nature of stars and other celestial bodies, and the application of the laws and theories of physics to the interpretation of astronomical observations.



  1. Am proud of you Namumba for the work you are doing for mankind.
    Please the Zambian flag high. I love you and may the Almighty God continue blessing you

    Wishing you only the best as you continue on your Academic Excellency journey


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