Date: November 3, 2017
Reports about the demise of renowned Ghanaian Mathematician and Physicist, Professor Francis Allotey have been received by Ghanaians with heavy hearts.
Professor Allotey who was Ghana's first professor in mathematics died at age 85 on Thursday, November 2, around 9pm after he had made several complaints of ill health.
After hearing news of his death, many Ghanaians have taken to various social media platforms to share their grief and extend their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey was born in August 1932 at Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana and received his early education at the Ghana National College.
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.
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 among others.
He was also 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 was a Scholar, Nuclear Physicist and a Consultant in Informatics for Development.
He worked on Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy leading to his principle "Allotey Formalism".
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