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Emmanuel Dongala during the Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany, 2003.

Emmanuel Boundz├ęki Dongala (born 1941) is a Congolese chemist and novelist. He is currently Richard B. Fisher Chair in Natural Sciences at Bard College at Simon's Rock.

In 1997, he was dean of the University of Brazzaville when war broke out in the Congo. Bard President Leon Botstein, who has aided a number of refugee professors, offered him a job teaching chemistry at the American college.

As a chemist, his specialty is stereochemistry and asymmetric synthesis, as well as environmental toxicology.

He is the author of a number of award-winning novels including Johnny Mad Dog (French: Johnny Chien M├ęchant) and Little Boys Come from the Stars. His work is also featured in the Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry. He has also been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.


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