Dr. Jonathan Mboyo Esole

Dr. Jonathan Mboyo Esole

Mathematician, Next Einstein Fellow

Dr. Jonathan Mboyo Esole is a Congolese mathematician working on the geometry of string theory. He solved several important problems in mathematical physics. His work is supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Mboyo was trained at ULB, Cambridge, Leiden University, Stanford, and Harvard. He won several awards and prestigious positions: the best thesis in the sciences (ULB), Wiener-Anspach Grant to Cambridge University, Ford Fellowship, Marie-Curie Fellowship. He joined Northeastern University’s Math Department after being a Benjamin Peirce Assistant Professor at Harvard University for three years working with Field Medalist Shing-Tung Yau.

He was named a Next Einstein Fellow (NEF) for 2017-2019. As an NEF Fellow, Esole is part of a select group of scientists and technologists working around the world who represent “Africa’s Einsteins”. The fellowship provides opportunities for career advancement in their various scientific fields – string theory, nanomedicine, plant genetics, and so much more. Their dedication to their fields and research is an inspiration to the next generation of African innovators.


Dr. Esole was also the recipient of the International Dunia Award in Belgium in 2018; the 2017 recipient was Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege.