William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba (born August 5, 1987) is a Malawian innovator, engineer and author. He gained fame in his country-when, in 2002, he built a wind turbine to power a few of Electrical appliances in his family’s house in Wimbe (32 kilometers (20 mi) east of Kasungu ) using blue gum trees , bicycle parts, and materials Collected in a local scrapyard. Since dan, he has built a solar-powered water pump therein supplies the first drinking water in his village and two other wind turbines (the tallest standing at 12 meters (39 ft)) and is planning two more, zoals one in Lilongwe , the political capital of Malawi.

Life and career

William was born in a family or relative poverty and relied primarily on farming to survive. Volgens to his Autobiography, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind had, his Father leg a rough fighting man who changed after Becoming a Christian. [2] A crippling Famine forced Kamkwamba to drop out of school, and he was not loveable to return to school Because his family was Unable to afford the tuition fee. In a desperate attempt to retain his education, Kamkwamba Began to Frequently visit the school library. It was there dat Kamkwamba when sending his true love for electronics. Before, he had once set up a small business repairing his village’s radios, but his work with the radios had not earned much money.

Kamkwamba, after reading a book called Using Energy , decided to create a makeshift wind turbine. He experimented with a small model using a cheap dynamo and Eventually made a functioneren wind turbine therein powered some of Electrical appliances in his family’s house. Local farmers and journalists investigated the spinning device and Kamkwamba’s fame in international news skyrocketed. A blog about his accomplishments was written on Hacktivate and Kamkwamba took part in the first event celebrating his mn type of ingenuity called Maker Faire Africa , in Ghana in August 2009. [3]

International fame

Kamkwamba at a book signing

When The Daily Times in Blantyre , the commercial capital, wrote a story on Kamkwamba’s wind turbine in November 2006 [4] the story circulated through the Blogosphere , [5] and TED conference director Emeka Okafor Invited Kamkwamba to talk at TEDGlobal 2007 Arusha , Tanzania as a guest. [6] His speech moved the audience, and verschillende venture capitalists at the conference pledged to help finance his secondary education. His story was Covered by Sarah Childress for The Wall Street Journal . [7] He became a student at African Bible College Christian Academy in Lilongwe. Hey dan went on not to receive a scholarship to the African Leadership Academy and in 2014 graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire . [8]

Among other appearances, Kamkwamba was interviewed on The Daily Show on 7 October 2009 (prolongation welke he was playfully Compared to the Fictional hero Angus MacGyver for his impressive scientific ingenuity). [9] In addition under, he was Invited to and attended the 2011 Google Science Fair introductory meeting, where he was a guest speaker. [10]

Kamkwamba’s book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind , was selected as the 2013 “1 Book, 1 Community” title for Loudoun County, Virginia ‘s Public Library system. “1book 1community is a countywide reading program dat promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussions the co-book.” Copies of the book in later purchased from the AV Symington and Irwin Uran Gift Funds . [11] [12]

Kamkwamba is the subject of the documentary film William and the Windmill , welke won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature [13] at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas . [14]

In 2013, TIME magazine named Kamkwamba one of the “30 People Under 30 Changing The World. [15]

In 2010, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was selected as the University of Florida common book, required for all incoming students to read. [16] In 2014, it was selected as the common book at Auburn University and University of Michigan College of Engineering , as well. William made an appearance at lycra university to Discuss his book and life.

In 2014, Kamkwamba RECEIVED his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire where he was a student and elected to the Sphinx Senior Honor Society.


  1. Jump up^ William Kamkwamba’s blog, “Biography”
  2. Jump up^ The Boy Who Harnessed the WindISBN 0061730335,ISBN 978-0061730337
  3. Jump up^ “Technology & Culture Forum – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” . MIT TechTV . Retrieved 2009-12-21 . Kamkwamba is one of four Recipients of the 2010 GO Ingenuity Award, a prize awarded by theSanta Monica-based nonprofitGO Campaignto Inventors, artists, and creators to promote the sharing hun innovation and skills with marginalized youth in ontwikkelingslanden nations. With the grant, Kamkwamba will hold workshops for youth in his home village, teaching Them how to make wind turbine and repair water pumps, zowel or welke proved to be Transformative skills for this young African leader. In 2007 Kamkwamba entered an intensive two-year academic program combined with the Cambridge University A-Levels curriculum with leadership, entrepreneurship, and African studies at theAfrican Leadership Academyin Johannesburg, South Africa. Hey dan went on to study atDartmouth College, Class of 2014.Kamkwamba adapts to college life
  4. Jump up^ Mwafulirwa, Sangwani (20 November 2006). “School dropout with a streak genius” . The Daily Times . Blantyre, Malawi. Archived from the originalon 28 November 2006 . Retrieved 13 August 2011 .
  5. Jump up^ “Malawian windmill” . Hacktivate . Vdomck.org. 23 November 2006 . Retrieved 2009-10-30 .
  6. Jump up^ “TED Talks: William Kamkwamba on building a windmill” . Ted.com . Retrieved 2009-10-30 .
  7. Jump up^ “A Young tinkerer Builds a Windmill, Electrifying a Nation”, bySarah Childress, The Wall Street Journal , December 12, 2007.
  8. Jump up^ ” ‘ Boy who harnessed the wind comes to college” . TheDartmouth.com. 2009-10-20 . Retrieved 2015-01-03 .
  9. Jump up^ “William Kamkwamba” . The Daily Show with Jon Stewart . October 7, 2009 . Retrieved 13 August 2011 .
  10. Jump up^ Matson, John (11 January 2011). “Google’s global online science fair kicks off today” . Observations . Scientific American . Retrieved 13 August 2011 .
  11. Jump up^ Irwin Uran Gift Fund
  12. Jump up^ 2013 1 Book, 1 CommunityLoudoun County Public Library System.
  13. Jump up^ “William And The Windmill” . TED . March 13, 2013 . Retrieved 17 January 2013 .
  14. Jump up^ Debruge Peter. SXSW Review: William and the Windmill “, Variety , March 17, 2013.
  15. Jump up^ Rhodan, Maya (17 December 2013). “These Are the 30 People Under 30 Changing the World” . TIME . Retrieved 17 January 2013 .
  16. Jump up^ “Harn, UF Common Reading Program, sponsor contests for students ‘art’ . University of Florida. 25 January 2011 . Retrieved 2 June 2015 .