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Renowned Ethiopian Astrophysicist, Dr. Legesse Wetro Passes Away


Legesse Wetro (PhD), the Renowned Ethiopian-world famous Astrophysicist and Founder of the Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS), has passed away this morning.

He was the sole Astrophysicist in Ethiopia.

Legesse’s body was found on a green area at his home by his daughter when she come home after she dropped her kid to school. Earlier, it was reported that he had a heart related illness.

He was among the founding member of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, African Astronomical Society, African and Ethiopian Physical Societies. He was a lead scientist in theoretical pulsar astrophysics. Dr. Legesse was as well member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU)-Commissions 40 A - B - C and Ethiopia's Liaison at IAU. To everyone's surprise, he solved the 460 years world problem of geomagnetic filed reversals. Following his outstanding research in pulsar astrophysics, he got "Man of the Year" award from the American Biographical Institute (ABI) in 2011.

Also, Dr. Legesse was editorial board member of AFRICAN SKIES, the only Astronomy Journal in AFRICA. He is the Leader of the Astronomy - Astrophysics Group at Addis Ababa University since 1998.

He was survived a wife, two daughters and a son.

His funeral will be held tomorrow, Friday, April 28 at 3:00PM in the afternoon at Peter and Paul Orthodox Church around General Wingate area.