Renowned Ghanaian mathematician Prof Allotey is dead

| Updated Nov 03, 2017 at 3:32pm

 

Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey.

 

A Ghanaian renowned Mathematical physics, Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, is dead. That's according to reports.

Pof. Allotey died on November 2, 2017 at the age of 85.

Confirming his death on an Accra based radio, Peace FM, a family member, Sarah Ofei, said the professor died after a short illness.

According to her, UNESCO recently approved his centre, Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey' as a centre of Excellence and had to attend a General conference coming Saturday, but unfortunately death couldn't allow him to make it.

Prof. Francis Kofi Allotey was born at Saltpond in the Central region of Ghana on August 9, 1932.

He was a Ghanaian mathematical physicist.

He was known for the "Allotey Formalism" which arose from his work on soft X-ray spectroscopy.

A founding fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, in 1974 he became the first Ghanaian full professor of mathematics and head of the Department of Mathematics at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

He was the first year student of Ghana National College when the school was founded in July, 1948 by Dr. Nkrumah.

Prof. Allotey was the President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of a number of international scientific organizations including The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Scientific Council since 1996.

He was the Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT), the President of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Ghana (AIMS-Ghana) and the President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS).

He held master’s and doctorate degrees from Princeton University and the diploma of Imperial College (1960).

He was an honorary fellow of the IOP Institute of Physics.

The Professor Francis Allotey Graduate School was established in 2009 at the Accra Institute of Technology.

Biography culled from Wikipedia.

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