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Arguably The Greatest Scientist Ghana Produced; The Trailblazing Career Of Prof. Francis Allotey.


Born Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, the mathematician and physicist was born in Saltpond in the central region to Mr Joseph Kofi Allotey and Mrs Alice Esi Nyena Allotey who was from a royal family.

He spent his time reading biographies of famous scientists which whipped his interest in science. Raised a Catholic, he had his primary education at St John The Baptist Catholic Boys School in Saltpong and his secondary education at Ghana National College being among the pioneer batch after the inception of the school.

He then proceeded to the University Tutorial College in Ghana, London Borough Polytechnic and Imperial College, London. He enrolled at Princeton University for his Masters and PhD and he with Prof. Daniel Afedzi Akyeampong became the first Ghanaians to hold a doctorate degree in Mathematical Sciences in 1966.

He was tutored and mentored by great scientists/physicists to include Nobel Prize Winner Abdus Salam, Robert Dicke, Val Fitch, Robert Oppenheimer and others.



Prof. Allotey is famously known for Allotey's Formalism which was as a result of his work on Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy. Allotey's Formalism is the technique used to determine matter moves in outer space and received the Prince Philip Gold Prize for this discovery in 1973.

A founding fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, he was Head of Mathematics Department, Dean of Faculty of Science, KNUST and founding director of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology(KNUST) Computer Center. He later assumed the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Prof. Allotey consulted for International bodies such as UNESCO, International Atomic Energy Agency and many others. He was President of The Ghana Institute of Physics and the founding president of the African Physical Society. He held national positions including serving on boards and committees with institutions such as Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Council for Scientific And Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and many others.


The government of Ghana awarded him the Millennium Excellence Award in 2005, Order of the Volta Honor in 2009 and Osagyefo 's African Genius Award in 2017.

Prof. Allotey 's first wife was Edoris Enid Chandler from Barbados who he met during his studies in London. He remarried later after her death to Ruby Mirekuwa Akuamoah and left behind four children.

He died in November 2017 at age 85 and was accorded a state funeral.

Congratulations to Prof. Francis Allotey on all his achievements, impact and contribution to science.

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