The past week has been a moody one for the majority of Ghanaians following the death of Professor Francis Allotey.
The celebrated Mathematician kicked the bucket in the late hours of Thursday after failing to recover from a short illness.
Tributes and words of commiseration from all walks of life have poured in following news of his demise, as the public comes to terms with this unfortunate loss.
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Prof Allotey was 85-years-old before dying, and was involved in a series of programmes and projects before losing his life.
However, there are also certain facts about the renowned mathematician that you may not have known about.
Here are six facts about Prof Allotey that you probably did not know.
1. He hailed from Saltpond in the Central Region
Prof Allotey was actually born at Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana. The late mathematician grew up a bit in the community before moving to continue his formative years elsewhere.
2. He attended Ghana National College
Prof Allotey is an old student of the Ghana National College. He was the first year student of Ghana National College when the school was founded in July, 1948 by Dr. Nkrumah.
3. He is the first Ghanaian full professor of mathematics
Prof Allotey holds the enviable record of being the first Ghanaian full professor of mathematics in Ghana. He later rose to become Head of the Mathematics Department at the Kwame Bkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
4. He is known for being the brain behind a formalism
Prof Allotey’s brilliance and knowhow led him into forming the “Allotey Formalism”. It was formed from his years of through work on soft X-ray spectroscopy.
5. He is a founding father of the African Academy of Sciences
Prof Allotey is part of the brains that came together to establish the African Academy of Sciences. The Academy is responsible for training students who wish to carve a niche in the field of sciences.
6. He holds both masters and doctorate degrees
Prof Allotey is actually a double-degree holder. The celebrated mathematician holds a masters’ degree from the Princeton University, as well as another from the Imperial College.
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