Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyi Allotey
Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, the sweet-scented name that has for two decades and more, filled the scientific and academic world with its fragrance is a Professor of Mathematics, Scholar, Nuclear Physicist and a Consultant in Informatics for Development.
Prof Allotey, a prodigy born in August 1932 to a humble parentage at Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana, received his early education at the Ghana National College among the 1952 pioneer group. He pursued further studies at the University Tutorial College, London Borough Polytechnic and London Imperial College of Science and Technology where he obtained the then coveted Diploma of Imperial College (London)in 1960.
He returned in the same year to take up a lectureship position in the Department of Mathematics at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He had a distinguished academic career at theKNUST rising from the position of a lecturer to a full Professor of Mathematics and Head of Department within seven years. This was after his return in 1966 from study leave at Princeton University where he obtained his Master's and Doctorate degrees.
Founder and First Director of the KNUST Computer Centre, he was the first to introduce computer education into Ghana. The Faculty Board between 1971 and 1980 elected him four times as the Dean of the Faculty of Science. During this same period, he was elected five times as a Representative of the Academic Staff. He was ultimately appointed as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University in 1978. He became a world authority and an instant fame with his work on Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy which established the principle widely known as the "Allotey Formalism" for which he received the Prince Philip Gold Medal Award in 1973.
At the national level he has held the positions of Chairman, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Chairman, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Chairman of the Management Board, Soil Research Institute, Chairman, Ghana Technical Committee on Nuclear Energy, Vice-President, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, President, Ghana Institute of Physics, National Vice-President Ghana Science Association, President, Mathematical Association of Ghana, Vice-Chairman of the Science and Technology Sector, National Development Commission,Consultant, National Committee of Curriculum Development, Founder and National Co-ordinator, Ghana Energy Research Group, President, Ghana Institute of Physics and Member National Energy Commission, just to mention a few.
At the international level he has given several seminars in Universities in USA, Europe, Asia and Africa on his Research Work and has participated and contributed in many International Conferences and Symposia by invitation. He has published many papers in international journals. He has acted as external examiner and also as an external assessor for professorial appointments for Universities inside and outside Ghana.
He has been a Consultant to several International Institutions, including United Nations Organization, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Atomic Energy Agency, Intergovernmental Bureau for Information, and United Nations Industrial and Development Organization
He has also visited many nuclear installations in Russia, Poland, East Germany, Iraq, USA, India, West Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden,Yugoslavia etc.
He has been involved locally and internationally on policies and issues related to science and technology for development. Thus he is a focal for UN Advanced Technology Alert System since its formation. He is a Co-author of the Book "Comprehensive study of Nuclear Weapons", a UN Secretary General's Report.
He has held numerous appointments, including the following: Visiting Scientist, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), President,Society of African Physicists and Mathematicians,
Member of the organizing panel for the 3rd Congress held in Karlsruhe for the International Commission on Mathematical Instructions, Director, Summer College of Teaching of Physics at the tertiary level, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy,
He has been a phenomenal inspirer and influence in the study of Physics and Mathematics in Ghanaian Schools, Colleges and Universities and he has become a living legend. He played no mean part in the establishment of the Laser Research Unit in the Physics Department of the University of Cape Coast, projected to be a Centre of excellence to serve the whole of the West Africa Sub-Region.
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