Ghanaians usually admire the inventions of scientists, but what many people do not know is that there are people from this country who have made their names in the world of science.
Here is a list of six Ghanaians whose achievements are widely celebrated around the world.
1. Nat Quansah
He opened the Ambodisakoana clinic in Madagascar where he introduced the people to the use of native plants as medicine. Thousands of Malagasy people bought into his ideas, and he ended up winning the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2000. Nat Quansah also educated them on forest conservation and healthcare management.
2. Bright Simmons
This Ghanaian man made sure counterfeit drugs are determined with ease. He formed an organisation called mPedigree which invented a system to tackle the problem of fake drugs being sold on the market. Currently the system has been adopted in three different countries, with his organisation now working with 20 telecoms companies across the globe.
3. Dr Thomas Mensah
He also brought about inventions in the field of Fiber Optics and Nanotechnology. Dr Mensah is originally a chemical engineer, but his impressive inputs saw him win 7 USA and worldwide patents in Fiber Optics in his time in America.
4. Ebenezer Laing and George C. Clerk
Laing specialised in botany and teamed up with a colleague at college - George C. Clerk - to become Ghana's first scientists in that field.
5. Felix Konotey-Ahulu
He is ranked among the 100 greatest Africans of all time per a poll run some time ago. Felix Konotey-Ahulu has over 20 publications and is widely regarded as a global authority on sickle cell. He is the first man to have traced hereditarydisease in his forebears. He is also credited with discoveries in Clinical Medicine.
6. Herman Chinery-Hesse
He is a guru when it comes to issues of technology. Herman Chinery-Hesse is a software pioneer who strived to bring e-commerce to most remote places in Africa. Shop Africa 53, Keba-Ekong,Quickie, and Akatua are a few of his innovations.