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Sunday, March 07, 2010

William Kamkwamba's Book

In a couple of 2007 posts, I wrote about William Kamkwamba, a young Malawian man, now 22, who distinguished himself back in 2002 by building a windmill in his home village, using timber, bicycle parts, and varous materials from a junkyard.

You can now read a book-length version of Kamkwamba's story in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, co-authored by Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. An excerpt from the book is here.

Bryan Mealer going over the manuscript of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind with William Kamkwamba and translator Blessings Chikakula
(Gift Kamkwamba)

The video below (1:17:22) shows Kamkwamba and Mealer speaking (after some technical difficulties) at MIT on October 27, 2009. The program was under the auspices of MIT's Technology and Culture forum.

This next video is much shorter — only 4:31 minutes. It shows Kamkwamba answering questions submitted by readers of the reddit blog.

If you want to keep up with William Kamkwamba's blog, you can find it here.