I’ll be a widely published Associate Professor in Mathematics ""Dr Kiratu""

Date and time: 
Fri, 2018-01-12 15:27

Dr Beth Kiratu  was one of the 61 who were awarded a PhD in the recent concluded graduation. She was awarded doctorate in Pure Mathematics,becoming the first in wowan to attain this honour from the University of Nairobi. Her thesis focused on spectral properties of operators in Hilbert spaces.

Her love for mathematics began while she was in Primary School in. Her maths teacher, promised a prize for anyone who would score above 90 marks in the end-of-term mathematics exam. Because of her determination to earn the award, Beth scored the 90 mark and was awarded KSh400 which she spent on a new pair of shoes. After winning the prize Beth knew that education was important and mathematics became her favourite subject.


She later joined Subukia Girls High School, now St Yermo Girls High School where she helped start a mathematics club. While in high school she often emerged as regional champion in the maths symposiums that were organized.


She scored an A- in her KCSE exams and was admitted at the University of Nairobi to study Building Economics, She changed her course and enrolled in School of mathematics where she took a course in mathematics and statistics class,


Beth graduated in 2008 with a First Class honours degree and the university awarded her a scholarship to pursue Msc in Pure Mathematics. In 2013, she was awarded yet another scholarship by the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund to study for her PhD in Pure Mathematics.


Dr Kiratu believes there are no courses for men and women. What is critical, she says, is for young people to discover their strong areas early and focus to do well in these.


 “I am very passionate to teach,” she says. “I will also focus on raising my young family. Hopefully I’ll be a widely published Associate Professor in Mathematics in 10 years.”


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