Cheick Modibo Diarra
Diarra is a Malian-born aerospace engineer who contributed to several NASA missions such as Mars Path Finder, the Galileo spacecraft and the Mars Observer. From April 2012 to December 2012, Diarra was the prime minister of Mali until a military coup forced him to resign.
Diop was a Senegalese historian, anthropologist, physicist and politician. His work focused on pre-colonial African history. Throughout his career, Diop studied racial phenotypes and wrote many books about his findings. There is also an university in Senegal named after him.