Promoting physics and development in Africa
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To excel in physics research in Africa is to conquer Mount Everest without the aid of additional oxygen. In a continent that lacks the infrastructure of research laboratories, technical support, and so forth, relatively few physicists have managed to perform at levels competitive with the best in the world. Are the challenges of physicists in Africa any different from those facing physicists elsewhere? Physicists everywhere have to convince their governments, businesses, and the public that investment in physics is beneficial and will lead to economic development and an enhanced quality of life.