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Marian Ewurama Addy

Ghanaian Professor of Biochemistry

Prof Marian Ewurama Addy
Date of Birth:
1942-02-07
Place of Birth:
Nkawkaw, Ghana

Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy is a Professor of Biochemistry. In January 2008, she was appointed President of the Anglican University College of Technology, a newly launched private initiative for higher technical education in Ghana.

She was born to Samuel Joseph Cole and Angelina Kwofie Cole in Nkawkaw, Eastern Region of Ghana. She attended the St Monica's Secondary School in Mampong-Ashanti from January 1956 to June 1960 for her 'O' and 'A' level certificates and was an excelent sports girl.

She also attended the Holy Child Girls' School in Cape Coast.

Marian Ewurama Addy obatained a firest class honours in Botany with Chemistry from the University of Ghana, Legon, Master's Degree and a Doctorate in biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University.

At the University of Ghana, she was not only the first female professor in the sciences at the university, but also in Ghana.

She was Chair of the Policy Committee on Developing Countries (PCDC), a Committee of the International Council for Science, (ICSU), Chair of Ghana’s National Board for Professional and Technicians Examinations (NABPTEX), member of WHO Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine, advisor to the International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, Sweden and Founder and First Executive Secretary of Western Africa Network of Natural Products Research Scientists (WANNPRES), established February 2002.

In the seventies, she took leave from the University of Ghana to become the Director of Programmes for the Science Education Programme for Africa (SEPA), a pan African programme for pre-tertiary science education, which was based in Accra Ghana.

Her experiences in academia are mainly in teaching biochemistry, both basic and applied, to undergraduate, post-graduate, dental and medical students at the University of Ghana, Legon and at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington DC. Her main area of research is the science of herbal preparations used by Traditional Medical Practitioners, especially their safety, efficacy and how they work.

She was a member of the Kwami Committee, a Technical Committee on Polytechnic Education set up by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), to study and make recommendations that would guide the NCTE to formulate policy and advise government on polytechnic education.

She was also a member of a 4-man UNDP Consultancy Team in Ghana set up in 1994 to formulate a National Action Program for Science and Technology Development.

As head of unit or department in various institutions, Professor Addy was responsible for initiating projects, running workshops and sourcing for funds for these activities as well as for younger scientists in training.

Professor Addy’s interest and extension activities are in bridging the gap between scientific and indigenous knowledge and in the popularization of science. She is often called upon to be a Resource Person and/or Role Model for programmes in female science education.

She was the first Quiz Mistress of the popular weekly televised National Science and Mathematics Quiz programme, primarily aimed at improving the learning of science and mathematics for secondary school students. She hosted the programme for seven years and was responsible for its popularity.

Professor Addy has received many awards including:

  • The Millennium Excellence Award for Educational Development at the turn of the millennium;
  • UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science in 1999;
  • The Africa-America Institute’s Distinguished Alumna for Excellence in 1998;
  • Marketing Woman of the Year, in 1995, for marketing Science.
She was made a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1999.

Marian Ewurama Addy was married to Ebenezer Charles Oko Addy, a sociologist and former athlete who won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The couple had two daughters, Naa Lamiley Addy-Sadowsky and Lamiokor Esi Addy.

She died on 14th January 2014 after a short illness.

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