Hirsi Magan Isse (Xirsi Magan Ciise). Born in 1935, was one of the first Somalis to graduate from an Ivy League university ( Columbia University). A trained linguist and anthropologist by profession, Isse was one of the leading advocates for the adoption of the Cismaaniya alphabet as the national script for the Somali language. Cismaaniya was one the only indigenous script in contention but it was rejected for political reasons. In 2008, Hirsi passed away in London, England.