A Ghanaian mathematical physicist known for the “Allotey Formalism” which arose from his work on soft X-ray spectroscopy.
He has a lot of awards to his credit in the world of physics and mathematics and known by a lot of Ghanaian scholars but the question is how well do you really know him?
1. The late Professor was born in 1932 and passed away on 2nd November 2017, meaning he clocked 85 years.
2. He was born in Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana.
3. He played a major part in the establishment of the Laser Research Unit in the Physics Department of the University of Cape Coast, projected to be a Centre of excellence to serve the whole of the West African Sub-Region.
4. He was an old student of the Ghana National College among the 1952 pioneer group.
5. He furthered his education 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.
6. He returned to Ghana to take up a lectureship position at the Department of Mathematics at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST).
He had a distinguished academic career at the KNUST rising from the position of a lecturer to a full Professor of Mathematics and Head of Department within seven years. This was after his return in 1966 from a study leave at Princeton University where he obtained his Master’s and Doctorate degrees.
7. He is the Founder and First Director of the KNUST Computer Centre, he was the first to introduce computer education into Ghana.
The Faculty Board between 1971 and 1980 elected him four times as the Dean of the Faculty of Science. During this same period, he was elected five times as a Representative of the Academic Staff. He was ultimately appointed the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University in 1978.
8. He became a world authority and gained instant fame with his work on Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy which established the principle widely known as the “Allotey Formalism” for which he received the Prince Philip Gold Medal Award in 1973.
9. 1997-89, Professor Allotey was King-Chavez-Parks visiting Professor of Physics at Michigan State University.
10. F. K. A. Allotey is a member of many societies, and is the President of the Society of African Physicists and Mathematicians [SAPM], Member of Executive Board of Africa Mathematical Union [AMU].
11. He was invited by IBM International to join a Group of European Professors touring Computer Science Centers in Universities in USA and Canada for four weeks.
12. He was a Consultant to IBI Centers in Africa. Chairman, Information technology for development, Williamsburg Conference on International Information Economy, USA Member, UNCSTTD Editorial Workshop in Rome for Advanced Information Technology Trend and Global Implications.
A discussant and a Member of panel, Information Economy Risks and Opportunities, Atwater Institute, Quebec, Canada.
13. He was a Member of the Executive Secretariat Responsible for Sensitizing African Leaders on Modern Technology for development. Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Information Technology for development and Member of International Consultative Committee on Trans-border Data Flow (TDF).
14. He was a Member of the Advisory Panel, Transnational Data Report in Amsterdam, Holland. Rapporteur, Scientific and Technological Communication, a USA sponsored Regional Seminar for Africa.
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