Francis Allotey

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Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey (9 August 1932[1][2] in Saltpond, Ghana[3] – 2 November 2017[4]) 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,[5] 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.[6] He was the first year student of Ghana National College when the school was founded in July 1948 by Kwame Nkrumah.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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). He held master's and doctorate degrees from Princeton University and the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC), obtained in 1960.[7][8] He was an honorary fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP).[8]

The Professor Francis Allotey Graduate School was established in 2009 at the Accra Institute of Technology.[9]



  1. ^ [1] Archived 3 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 November 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyi Allotey". Archived from the original on 15 April 2007. 
  4. ^ "Renowned Ghanaian mathematician Prof Francis Allotey dies at 85". Graphic Online. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  5. ^ Gerdes, Paulus (2007) African Doctorates in Mathematics Archived 3 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine., p. 370. Commission on the History of Mathematics in Africa
  6. ^ New African (January 2007). "The Allotey formalism: the man who formulated the technique used to determine matter in outer space, Professor Francis K.A. Allotey, receives the 2006 Black S/heroes Award" Archived 1 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey". Physicists of the African Diaspora. 27 May 1997. Archived from the original on 6 April 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Honorary fellows: Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey - African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Ghana". IOP Institute of Physics. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Ani-Awukubea, Regina (21 January 2009) "The AIT commences Open University programme" Archived 9 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. The Statesman (Ghana); accessed 4 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 November 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 

External links

  • AIMS Ghana
  • Allotey profile
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