The Boy who Harnessed the Wind

Marissa Gebhard | March 4, 2013 | Notre Dame News

Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba, author of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope,” will be speaking at 7 p.m. March 18 (Monday) at the University of Notre Dame Conference Center, following a special performance from African singing troupe Voices of Mercy. The event is free and open to the public.

In 2002, he gained fame in his country when he built a windmill to power a few electrical appliances in his family’s home. Since then, he has also built a solar-powered water pump that supplies the first drinking water in his village.

Kamkwamba is a 2007 TED Global Fellow and one of four recipients of the 2010 GO Ingenuity Award, a prize awarded to inventors, artists and makers to promote the sharing of their innovations and skills with marginalized youth in developing nations.

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