FRANCISCA OKEKE
© Julian Dufort for the L’Oreal Foundation

Credits: She was recently awarded the 2013 Laureate award for her significant contributions to the scientific study climate change. She was the only recipient in that category from Africa and the Arab nations and the third Nigerian Laureate since the UNESCO-L’Oreal partnership was established in 1998.

Bio: Francisca is a professor of Physics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She recently received the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award for her significant contributions to the understanding of daily variations of the ion currents in the upper atmosphere which may further our understanding of climate change. She is a world expert in the upper atmosphere, and studies models of the full atmosphere, as well as daily changes to the magnetic fields of the Earth.

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