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Towards an African Light Source

  • Simon H. ConnellEmail author
  • Sekazi K. Mtingwa
  • Tabbetha Dobbins
  • Nkem Khumbah
  • Brian Masara
  • Edward P. Mitchell
  • Lawrence Norris
  • Prosper Ngabonziza
  • Tshepo Ntsoane
  • Herman Winick
Commentary

Introduction

An advanced light source (AdLS) presents itself as the most important scientific investment that Africa could construct at this point in its history. There is an urgent imperative to develop all the world’s socioeconomic prowess more equitably across its diversity. There needs to be a more universal and regionally balanced participation in the global economy. This would reflect in science becoming a truly global enterprise. This is rather fundamental, as innovation is the most important factor that drives economic development (Romer 1986). The crystal ball indicates that Africa will soon be home to the bulk of the world’s youth (United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division 2017). These young people will need to be engaged in the economy. Africa currently has a population of 1.2 billion, with 169 scientists per million people (UNESCO 2015a). This is a factor of 20 times less than the average of Europe. Africa therefore needs at least one...

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Acknowledgments

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Conflict of interest

Simon H. Connell declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Sekazi K. Mtingwa declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Tabbetha Dobbins declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Nkem Khumbah declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Brian Masara declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Edward P. Mitchell declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Lawrence Norris declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Prosper Ngabonziza declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Tshepo Ntsoane declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Herman Winick declares that he/she has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon H. Connell
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sekazi K. Mtingwa
    • 2
  • Tabbetha Dobbins
    • 3
  • Nkem Khumbah
    • 4
  • Brian Masara
    • 5
  • Edward P. Mitchell
    • 6
  • Lawrence Norris
    • 7
  • Prosper Ngabonziza
    • 8
    • 9
  • Tshepo Ntsoane
    • 10
  • Herman Winick
    • 11
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering ScienceUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.TriSEED ConsultantsLLCHillsboroughUSA
  3. 3.Rowan UniversityGlassboroUSA
  4. 4.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  5. 5.South African Institute of Physics, Executive OfficePretoriaSouth Africa
  6. 6.European Synchrotron Radiation FacilityGrenobleFrance
  7. 7.Department of Solid State Quantum ElectronicsAfrican Physical SocietyKigaliRwanda
  8. 8.Max Planck Institute for Solid State ResearchStuttgartGermany
  9. 9.Department of PhysicsUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa
  10. 10.The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Ltd (Necsa)PretoriaSouth Africa
  11. 11.SLAC National Accelerator LaboratoryStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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