The inaugural lecture series was started in the day of the University of East Africa when it was the practice of the University College Nairobi to have its newly appointed professors deliver their first public lectures in Nairobi. The academic journey begun in 1966 when Prof. H.W. Alexander, gave the first ever inaugural lecture in the University. To date, a total of 46 inaugural lectures have been given at the University of Nairobi as highlighted below.


Prof. Julius Alexander Ogeng'o, a Professor of Human Anatomy,
"Anatomical Variations among Black Kenyans: Relevance in Health and Disease"
November 13, 2017











Prof. Clement Meshack Peter Oniang’o - Professor of Philosophy  
‘The Role of Philosophy at the University’
November 20, 2015












Prof. Annie Patricia G. Kameri-Mbote, SC - Law
“Fallacies of Equality and Inequality: Multiple Exclusions in Law and Legal Discourses”
January 24, 2013














Prof. Julius W. Mwangi - Pharmarcy
“Herbal Medicine: Do They Really Work”
March 14, 2012



















Prof. Paul M. Syagga – A.D.D.
“Real Property Valuation: A Profession in search of a Discipline”
September 23, 1999







Prof. Felix Makau Luti – Engineering

“Combustion: The Perpetual Burning Problem”

January 28, 1993


Prof.   Alfred Vincent Otieno – Engineering
“Laser: The Splendor of Light”
July 30, 1992

Prof.  Jacton B. Ojwang – Law
“Laying a Basis for Right"
July 9, 1992



Prof. James Kirumbi Kimani – Medicine

“Prevention of Fainting and Oedema in the Giraffe”

July 2, 1992






Prof. Reuben Benjamin Ogendo – Arts

“Geography: The Discipline and its Role in Public Policy”

May 27, 1982


Prof. Otieno Malo – Science
“Pervasiveness of Physics in Life”
April 28, 1981

Prof. Gideon S. Were – I.A.S.

“History, Public Morality and Nation Building: A Survey of Africa since Independence”

March 26, 1981


Prof.   R.B.L. Smith – Engineering

“The Engineers and the Environment”

February 26, 1981


Prof. J. Muhangi – Medicine
“Psychiatry in Kenya:  New horizons in Medical Care” 
January 31, 1980



Prof.   Gellaram Ghetandas Asnani – Science
“Will it Rain Tomorrow”
November 30, 1978

Prof.   Neville John Skinner – Science
“Geophysics in Tropical Africa”
May 11, 1978


Prof. Hillary Peter Ojiambo – Medicine

“Twenty Years in Medicine”

March 9, 1978



Prof. Gerald Munene Mugera – Pharmacy
“Useful Drugs and Cancer causing Chemicals in Kenya Medical and Toxic Plants”
November 22, 1977

Prof. Joseph Gerardus Donders – Arts
“Don’t Fence us in: The Liberating Force of Philosophy”
March 10, 1977



Prof. Godwin Olu Patrick Obasi – Science
“The Art of Rainmakers”



Prof. Henry Sinchair Wood – A.D.D. 
“Synthesis in Design and Education”
May 12, 1976



Prof. Thomas R. Odhiambo – Vet. Medicine
“Insect Production and Reproduction”
December 2, 1975



Prof. Hector M. Cameron – Medicine
“Kenya’s Cancers”
October 1, 1971

Prof. Francis C.A. Cammaerts – Education
“A Definition of Teacher Education: Traditional growth and Future Development"
October 8, 1971

Prof. David Robertshaw – Vet. Medicine
“The Relevance of Animal Physiology to Animal Production in Kenya”
October 22, 1971

Prof.  Andrew J. Gurr – Arts
“Home is either here nor there”
October 29, 1971

Prof. Mohamed Hyder – Science
“…and Foresight is Power” 
November 26, 1971

Prof. Stephen C. Neil – Arts
“and this should not be forgotten”
November 12, 1971



Prof. Joseph M. Mungai – Medicine

“The Anthropological basis of Medicine in East Africa”

November 16, 1968


Prof. Simeon H. Ominde – Arts

“Geography and African Development”

February 22, 1968



Prof. Peter Robins – Science

“Chemistry and Archeology – A meeting place for the two cultures”

November 25, 1966


Prof. H.W. Alexander – Science

“Mathematics and the Arts”

23rd September, 1966