Professor Francis Allotey, Chairman of the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) Board of Trustees, has been awarded the prestigious Honorary Fellowship Award of the Institute of Physics (IOP), London.
This was announced at the recent AIT Board of Trustees meeting, attended by other academic and scientific luminaries like Professor Edward Ayensu, Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah, and Professor Samuel Adjepong among others.
The Institute of Physics Fellowship recognises Professor Francis Allotey's service to the field of physics internationally, and in particular, for his inspirational role in the promotion of physics in Africa.
Professor Allotey, an internationally respected Mathematical Physicist, is also President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of a number of prestigious international scientific organisations, including membership of the International Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics (ICTP) Scientific Council, since 1996.
He is credited with establishing the "Allotey Formalism" - a technique used to determine matter in outer space, based on his pioneering ground breaking research on soft x-ray spectroscopy.
Other winners of this award in the past include Professor Stephen Hawking, the world renowned theoretical physicist, who is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.
Since 1979, he has held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge University, the same position held in 1663 by Isaac Newton, who has been considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived.
According to Professor Clement Dzidonu, President of the Accra Institute of Technology, AIT is proud of this great achievement by the Chairman of its Board of Trustees. "Professor Allotey is, no doubt, a living legend of great and notable achievements internationally in the area of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science," he added.