His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at the end of year dinner of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences has promised to give Prof. Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, a former fellow and past President of the Academy and a Ghanaian mathematical physicist a State Burial.
He was known for the “Allotey Formalism” which arose from his work on soft X-ray spectroscopy. A founding fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, in 1974 he became the first Ghanaian full professor of mathematics and head of the Department of Mathematics at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He was the first year student of Ghana National College when the school was founded in July 1948 by Dr Nkrumah.
Allotey was the President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of a number of international scientific organizations including The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Scientific Council since 1996.
He was the Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT), the President of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Ghana (AIMS-Ghana) and the President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS). He held master’s and doctorate degrees from Princeton University and the diploma of Imperial College (1960). He was an honorary fellow of the IOP Institute of Physics.