Top five scientists of Somali heritage who are helping advance humanity

Every day, scientists across the globe work tirelessly to solve problems, understand complex mysteries, save lives and make life a little bit easier.

Here, we take a look at five great Somali scientists whose work is changing our world, in one way or another.

Osman Aden Abdulle

Abdulle is a prominent Somali physician and geneticist.
The son of Somalia’s first president Aden Abdulle Daar, the young Abdulle and his colleagues jointly discovered a new Rh gene complex producing the rare Cx (Rh9) antigen in the Somali population.

Abdusalam Abubakar

Abubakar is a Somali-born Irish scientist from Dublin.

He was the winner of the 43rd Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in 2007 at the age of seventeen. He went on to be named EU Young Scientist of the Year in September 2007.

Warsame Ali

Ali is a Somali scientist and assistant professor at Prairie View A&M University.

He specializes in aerospace technology. He has previously worked for NASA.

Ali Said Faqi

He is a Somali scientist specializing in toxicology and a diplomat.

A leading researcher in his field, he has numerous scientific papers and also authored a book entitled A Comprehensive Guide to Toxicology in Preclinical Drug Development.

Dr. Faqi is a noted scientist in the fields of birth defects and reproduction.

As a toxicologist, his scientific contributions mainly focused on saving lives and supporting people’s health worldwide.

Ahmed Mumin Warfa

Warfa is a Somali scientist specialising in botany, who with his colleague Mats Thulin discovered Cyclamen somalense, a flower species.

Warfa is also actively involved in the affairs of Somalia and the Somali diaspora, whether as a reconciliator working for the UN and the Somali government or as an activist raising funds for projects such as Hiiraan University.