Skip to Main Content

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai: Wangari Maathai

Biographical information

Wangari Muta Maathai 

Source:  Encylopedia Britannica Online

Wangari Muta Maathai was born on April 1, 1940, in the Nyeri, Kenya. 

Professor Maathai was the first African Woman to win the Nobel Prize for peace and also the first woman in East and Central Africa to get a PhD.  

She died on September 25, 2011, in Nairobi at the  age of 71.

For more on her life, check out her memoir from the EdCC Library: Unbowed.  Browse the websites below:

Interviews & speeches