Prof. Francis Allotey, an Honorary Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers has passed on at 85.
Prof Allotey was educated at the Roman Catholic Elementary School, Saltpond; the Ghana National College, Cape Coast; the Tutorial College, London; Borough Polytechnic (now University of South Bank), London; Imperial College of Science and Technology, London and Princeton University in the United States.
He was appointed lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and rose through the ranks to become the first Ghanaian Full Professor in Mathematics and Head of the Department of Mathematics in 1973.
While at the KNUST, he held a number of positions such as Dean of the Faculty of Science, Founding Director of the Computer Science Centre in Ghana, Pro-Vice Chancellor and member of the KNUST University Council.
Prof Allotey has also held several other local and international appointments such as being appointed by the UN Secretary-General to be among a group of 12 international experts commissioned to advise the UN on Nuclear Weapon.
He was the first to introduce computer education to Ghana. He is known for the “Allotey Formalism” which arose from his work on soft X-ray spectroscopy. He subsequently received the Prince Philip Gold Medal Award in 1973 out of the “Allotey Formalism” principle.
In 1974, the founding fellow of the African Academy of Sciences became the first Ghanaian full professor of mathematics and head of the Department of Mathematics at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Prof Allotey was the President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) and a member of a number of international scientific organisations including the International Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics (ICTP).
He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT), the President of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Ghana (AIMS-Ghana).
He was also a holder of master’s and doctorate degrees from Princeton University and the diploma of Imperial College (1960).
He was also an honorary fellow of the IOP Institute of Physics.
The Professor Francis Allotey Graduate School was established in 2009 at the Accra Institute of Technology in his honour.