Stories of some of the great Ethiopians who have contributed to the country in their fields of expertise
Emperor Haile Selassie
Born on 23 July 1892, Emperor Haile Selasse was known as Tafari Mekonnen prior to his coronation on 2 November 1930. He was a great-grandson of Sahle Selassie of Shewa and the son of Ras Makonnen, a chief adviser to Emperor Menilek II. Haile Selasse’s wife Empress Menen was also a great-granddaughter of Menilek II.
Scientist Kitaw Ejigu
The late engineer Kitaw Ejigu was Ethiopia 's one and only aerospace scientist. One of the world's best aerospace scientists and the only Ethiopian in the field, Engineer Kitaw worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA -, Rockwell International and for the Boeing Company which is a leading American aircraft and aerospace manufacturer. He completed a diploma in 1966 in Ethiopia and worked as an engineer for two years servicing agricultural vehicles before pursuing his ambitions in a field that no other Ethiopian has ever attempted to embark on.
Born on 25 April 505 AD, St.Yared was the author of many religious songs devoted to various occasions of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. St. Yared was the creator of hymn, a type of religious song specifically written for the purpose of praise and prayer in the ancient Ethiopian language of Geez. He was the first to introduce poetry and the first to write musical notes and to use musical instruments to supplement his hymns. His musical compositions are a testament to his talent as an unparalleled composer, writer and poet.
In 1974, scientists unearthed the earliest known fossil evidence of human beings from the Middle Awash region of Ethiopia. The skeleton is dated from about 3.2 million years ago. A female individual named "Deneknesh" or "Lucy" with half of the bones of her skeleton was found. A series of fossils from at least 13 individuals were also found and collectively named the "First Family. These findings instantly gave the world of science much clearer evidence as to where human beings come from and Ethiopia is now referred to as the "cradle of mankind" as a result.
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