Renowned Ghanaian Mathematician and Physicist, Professor Francis Kofi Allotey, has died.

The late Prof passed away on Thursday, November 2 around 9 pm after a short illness.

Prof Allotey was scheduled to travel on Saturday, November 4, 2017 for a UNESCO General Conference.

Prof Allotey, who died at age 85, is 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.

Prof Allotey was the President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of a number of international scientific organisations, including the International Institute of Theoretical and Applied 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 is holder of master's and doctorate degrees from Princeton University and the diploma of Imperial College (1960).He is an honorary fellow of the IOP Institute of Physics.

The Professor Francis Allotey Graduate School was established in 2009 at the Accra Institute of Technology.

Source: Ghana/