Person: Akyeampong, Daniel
Daniel Akyeampong was a Ghanaian mathematician known for applying algebraic methods to theoretical physics. He was important in the development of higher education in Ghana.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- At the age of six, Daniel entered the Senya Beraku Local Council School in 1945.
- In 1954 Akyeampong began his studied at Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast, Ghana.
- When Akyeampong entered the school it had moved to a location on Kwabotwe Hill and the headmaster was Francis Lodwic Bartels, the first black headmaster and, rather significantly, he had himself been a pupil at the school.
- The boarding school had seven dormitories and Akyeampong lived in Balmer-Acquah, the first of the seven dormitories to be built.
- In 1960 Akyeampong entered the University of Ghana and graduated with a B.Sc. (Special) in Mathematics in July.
- Although Ghana gained independence in 1957 it wasn't until 1961, in the middle of Akyeampong's studies, that the university gained full independence.
- After graduating from the University of Ghana, Akyeampong went to England with the aim of undertaking research at the University of London.
- While he was a research student, Akyeampong began publishing high quality papers.
- Akyeampong left Trieste in September 1966 and was awarded a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics by the University of London in October 1966 with his thesis Applications of higher symmetry groups to particle physics.
- In addition to the Ph.D., Akyeampong received a DIC (Diploma of Membership of Imperial College) in Mathematical Physics in November 1966.
- At the University of Ghana, Akyeampong's career progressed steadily.
- Akyeampong broke a femur on Sunday 21 December 2014 and was admitted to Korle Bu hospital in Accra for surgery.
Born 24 November 1938, Senya Beraku, British Gold Coast (now Ghana). Died 7 March 2015, Accra, Ghana.
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African, Origin Ghana
Adapted from other CC BY-SA 4.0 Sources:
- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive