Emmanuel Dongala

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Emmanuel Boundzéki 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 Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville when war broke out in Congo-Brazzaville. 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 Méchant) and Little Boys Come from the Stars. His work is featured in the Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry, and he has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

He was winner of the 2004 Cezam Prix Littéraire Inter CE for Johnny chien méchant.


  • Simon's Rock Faculty Forum, originally aired on , Great Barrington, MA (archive.org)
  • New York Times, May 7, 1998

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