William Kamkwamba co-author (with journalist Bryan Mealer) of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope will speak at New Hampton School‘s 191st convocation.
Kamkwamba is something of the living embodiment of self-taught, creativity that can lead to simple, elegant solutions. He grew up on his family farm in Masitala Village. Using self taught physics, he fashioned a windmills to generate electricity for his family’s farm then his village.
Cheap electricity opens up the world.
The New Hampton community read Kamkwamba’s work as their common summer reading.
Of his reading New Hampton science teacher Jon Shackett remarked:
“It evoked so much reflection…It made me think ‘globally’ on a new level and affirmed my gratitude for simple things (for Americans) like access to food and medicine. It made me want to build something.”(NHS)
Kamkwamba’s elegant solutions have earned him a place at the table of creativity and forward thinking. He has been the subject of articles, a documentary movie, “Moving Windmills,” and a speaker at TEDGlobal 2007. Kamkwamba just finished his first year at Dartmouth.