Former President Kufour's Big Brother Passes On

Former President Kufour's Big Brother Passes On

Big brother of former president John Agyekum Kufour has died.

Professor Emeritus Francis Addo Kufuor, formerly of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) died at age 90.

He was also the grandfather of Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia South.

According to family sources, the one-week celebration of his death would be held on Thursday, December 17, at Apagyafie – Ash-Town.


Emeritus Professor Francis Addo Kufuor was the Founding Father of the Department of Chemistry. A distinguished organic chemist, Kufuor's research focused on natural products chemistry where he and his team explored many interesting indigenious plants. He held several positions in the University including Head of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dean of the Board of Postgraduate Studies (now the School of Graduate Studies), Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of the University Council, and became the first person to be appointed an Emeritus Professor by the University.

Francis Addo Kufuor was born in Kumasi on February 14, 1926. He attended the Kumasi Government Boys' School from 1931 to 1936, Achimota College from 1937 to 1946 and the University of Bristol, England, from 1947 to 1954, where he obtained a BSc. (Honours) degree in Chemistry in 1950 and a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry in 1954.


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