A Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Makerere University’s College of Natural Sciences, Kiremire passed away on Monday night at a hospital in India.
Makerere University publicist, Ritah Namisango, confirmed the sad development.
“Yes, it is true, he is dead,” said Namisango on Wednesday morning.
Zaam Ssali, the spokesperson of the College where Kiremire was attached, said the deceased was “in India for treatment. He had heart problems and was battling a tumour. Of course things didn’t work out well.”
The celebrated inorganic chemist hailed from Rukungiri in Kigezi District, Western Uganda.
Who is Kiremire?
Prof. Kiremire graduated from Makerere University College, University of East Africa with a BSc (Honours) degree in 1970.
He joined the University of New Brunswick, Canada, as a Commonwealth Scholar in 1971 and graduated with a PhD in inorganic chemistry in 1977 specialising in Transition Metal Chemistry.
Shortly upon completing his PhD, Prof Kiremire got a lectureship at the University of Zambia where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor.
He left the University of Zambia in 2001 when an opportunity presented him at University of Namibia (UNAM) in 2001. Prof Kiremire took up the position of Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Science and subsequently became Dean. His major passion has been teaching science.
He has taught the subject for over 30 years at university level mostly in Southern Africa and Uganda.
During his scholarly works, Prof Kiremire contributed immensely to research.
Officials told Chimpreports the inorganic chemist has developed organo-metallic complexes (compounds) which is a synthesis of more than 20 new osmium compounds containing nitrosyl, and dinitrogen ligands which is stated to be a very dif?cult research area.
It is understood this is unquestionably a signi?cant accomplishment as some of these synthetic compounds have shown outstanding anti-malaria activity.
Prof. Kiremire together with UNAM registered seven patents on malaria treatment with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). These patents are certi?ed as having industrial application by WIPO, meaning the patents can be used in relevant industries in the ?ght against malaria.
In addition, in 27 October, 2011, WIPO published and circulated 7 Patents to all its 184 member countries including Namibia under the name of their inventor, Prof. Enos M.R. Kiremire. The 7 Parents have already been translated into 9 languages of the world.
Prof Kiremire boasts several awards which include; Commonwealth Fellowship to the University of New Brunswick, Canada, 1971, Nuf? eld Foundation Fellowship (one of the 2 from Africa) to University of Sussex, UK, 1981; Visiting Lectureship to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, 1991 and visiting Professorship to the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1998.
He has published widely over 30 publications some of which are in reputable journals like 7 Patents recognized by WIPO.
Prof Kiremire was married to his Noredah Kiremire with three children.