Professor Francis Allotey, a Ghanaian physicist and mathematician known for his “Allotey Formalism”, has been awarded the Honourary Fellowship Award of the Institute of Physics (IOP) in London.
The institute recognised Allotey’s service to the field of physics internationally and in particular for his inspirational role in the promotion of physics in Africa.
“Allotey Formalism” is a technique used to determine matter in outer space, based on his pioneering ground breaking research on soft x-ray spectroscopy.
Allotey is a founding fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.
In 1974, he became the first full professor of mathematics from Ghana.
He is currently the chairman of the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) board of trustees and the president of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He is also a member of a number of prestigious international scientific organisations including the International Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics (ICTP) Scientific Council since 1996.
Other winners of the award include Professor Stephen Hawking, the world renowned theoretical physicist, who is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein.
According to Professor Clement Dzidonu, the AIT president, the Institute is proud of Allotey’s achievements.
“Professor Allotey is no doubt a living legend of great and notable achievements internationally in the area of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science”, he said.
Professor Edward Ayensu the vice chairman of the AIT board of trustees, who attended the award ceremony in London, said Allotey stood out as “one of the greatest scientists of our time.”
He said the award added to the numerous others that he had received over the years acknowledging his accomplishments in the field of science.