Professor: American killed in Ethiopia had bright future
An American researcher killed in a rock attack by protesters in Ethiopia this week was a talented scientist with a bright future, the chairman of her department at the University of California, Davis said Thursday.
Sharon Gray, 30, was a leader in the study of how climate change affects plants, said Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar, chair of the plant biology department at UC Davis.
“She’s really an always-smiling slip of sunshine. She’s a smart, energetic scientist,” Dinesh-Kumar said. “She had a very bright future ahead of her. And everyone knew she was going to be the star in the plant biology department research area.”
Gray, a post-doctoral researcher, was in the country for a meeting to kick off a research project when she was killed Tuesday. She was traveling in a car in the outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa, an area that has seen months of deadly protests.
Gray is the first foreigner killed in the massive protests.