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Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey was born on August 9, 1932. He is a Ghanaian mathematical physicist and is the first Ghanaian to obtain a doctorate degrees in mathematical sciences, earned in 1966. Francis Allotey was born in Saltpond in the central region of Ghana to Joseph Kofi Allotey and Alice Esi Nyena Allotey.
Francis Allotey had his primary education at the St.John the Baptist Catholic School in Saltpond and was among the pioneer batch of Ghana National College when the School was founded in July 1948 by Kwame Nkrumah. After secondary school, he attended the university of Tutorial College in Ghana and the London Borough Polytechnic. He obtained his masters and doctorate degrees from Princeton University, awarded in 1966.
He was known for the "Allotey Formalism" which arose from his work on soft X-ray spectroscopy. In 1973 he received the UK Prince Philip's Golden Award for his work in this area. In 1974 he became the first Ghanaian full Professor of Mathematics. He was also the founding director of the KNUST computer centre before he assumed his position of Pro-vice Chancellor of the university.
Allotey was the president of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of international scientific organizations. He died on 2nd November, 2017.
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