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Ahmed Abdel-Rassoul, Egyptian radiochemist (Alexandria March 1929 -

Developed analytical schemes based on nuclear activation

Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, Ghanaian mathematical physicist (Saltpond, Mfantsiman 09 August 1932 – Accra 02 November 2017) 

First to introduce electron hole scattering resonances effect on soft x-ray spectroscopy known as Allotey formalism or principle

Proposed the use of carbon nanotubes as thermoelements for refrigeration

With S.Y. Mensah, N.G.Mensah & G. Nkrumah. Giant electrical power factor in single-walled chiral carbon nanotube. Superlattices & Microstructures 33 (3):173-80, 2003


Doctor Honoris Causa, Karlstad University, Sweden (2006)

Raphael Ernest Grail Armattoe, Ghanaian physician, anthropologist and writer (Keta, Volta Region 12 August 1913 – Hamburg 22 October 1953)

Invented many herbal medicines including the Abochi drug used to cure guinea worm disease

Physiology and Medicine Nobel Prize nominee (1948)

Mahmoud Ibrahim Attia, Egyptian geologist (Cairo 10 February 1900 - ?)

A new mode of occurrence of iron-ore deposits in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. Bull. Inst. D’Egypt 31:49-68, 1949

Frank C. Batchelor, South African plant grower (1899 - 1977)

Established the foundations of marketing protea cutflowers 

First to cultivate the blushing bride (Serruria florida)

Owner of the first five protea cultivars recorded internationally (1974) such as Protea cv. Ivy and Leucospermum cv. Golden Star 

Developed interspecific hybrid Mars (1969) and created the first deep red pincushions

Collected natural hybrids and use them for vegetative propagation for the first time 


Batcheloromyces Marasas, Van Wyk & Knox-Davies 1975 (Fungi)

Riad Abdel Latif Bayoumi, Sudanese geneticist and biochemist (02 February 1943 –

Authored over 70 research publications

Performed genetic mapping of Joubert syndrome, hereditary spastic paraplegia and multiple epiphyseal dysplasia


Visiting Scientist, Danish Medical Research Council of Copenhagen University Hospital for his work on cyto-adherence of malaria parasitized erythrocytes (1993)

Senior Visiting Scientist, World Health Organization for his work on use of recombinant DNA to study the genetic diversity of Plasmodium falciparum (1989) 

Daniel Adzei Bekoe, Ghanaian crystallographer (Ga East District, Greater Accra Region 07 September 1928 – Accra 05 September 2020) 


With R.A. Hulme. Structure of p-chlorbenzene iododichloride. Nature 177:1230, 1956

With K.N. Trueblood. The crystal structure of Tetracyanoethylene, Z. Krist. 113(1):1, 1960

With S.A. Adeoye. The molecular structure of Cedrela odorata. Substance B. Chem. Comm. 14:301-2, 1965

Alfred “Gogga” Brown, English-born South African paleontologist and archaeologist (Cirencester, Gloucestershire 26 April 1834 – Aliwal North District, Eastern Cape Province 29 June 1920)

Amassed thousands of fossil specimens and archaeological artifacts being at least 22 new species of reptile fossils and 7 new species of fossil fishes 

500 specimens of fossil flora from Burgersdorp Formation

Amassed a huge collection of stone implements and excavated several caves

Honored in Brownella Broom 1913 (Fossil Reptilia)  

Samson Gombe, Kenyan veterinarian (Seme, Kisumu District 05 November 1938 – 04 February 1989) 

Published over 60 scientific papers

Demonstrated that many factors such as malnutrition, mineral deficiencies, adverse environmental and parasitic infections impair reproduction by damaging certain areas of brain 

Turner Timinipre Isoun, Nigerian veterinary pathologist (Odi, Rivers State 02 September 1938 –


In vitro cultivation of Trypanosoma vivax isolated from cattle. Nature 251:513-4, 1974

The histopathology of experimental disease produced in mice infected with Trypanosoma vivax. Acta tropica 32(3):267-72, 1975

Pathologic and biochemical influences of a viral enteric infection in protein-calorie malnutrition in pigs. Thesis. Michigan State University (1970)

Kamoya Kimeu, Kenyan fossil hunter (Machakos 1938 -

Worked with the Leakey family

Discovered the first skeleton of a Homo erectus (1984)

Found the fossil remains of Turkanapithecus kalakoensis (1985) and Australopithecus anamensis (1994)


Kamoyapithecus Leakey, Ungar & Walker 1995 (Fossil Mammalia) 

René Labusquiere, French physician in Africa (Saint Laurent des Combes, Gironde 26 September 1919 – Paris 22 September 1977)

He was grandson of surgeon Jean Louis Faure and a relative of surgeon Paul Reclus

Developed techniques for diagnostics and treatment adapted to mass actions

Authored Santé Rurale et Médecine Preventive en Afrique Noire (1970)

Sulaiman Botsende Lagundoye, Nigerian radiologist (Owo 13 October 1935 -   

Defined the radiological features of the abnormal hemoglobin disease

Radiological features of sickle-cell anaemia and related heamoglobinopathies. Afr. J. Med. Sciences 1:315, 1970

With A.M. Agunloye & A.O. Adeyinka. Assessment of diaphragmatic levels on plain chest radiograph – a new approach. West Afr. J. Med. 25(4):258-61, 2006

Louis Gottlieb Meyer, German-born South African missionary and collector (near Kleine Marpe, Dettmold 16 October 1867 – Stellenbosch September 1958)

Collected new species of plants and insects

Honored in genus Meyerophytum Schwantes 1927 (Aizoaceae)

His son, Helmut Ernst Meyer, horticulturalist (Komaggas, Namakwa District, Northern Cape Province 08 November 1908 – 1995)

First to successfully cultivate and grow Disa uniflora orchid species

Produced numerous selections and hybrids   


Davidson Sylvester Hector Willoughby Nicol, Sierra Leonean diplomat, writer and physician (Freetown 14 September 1924 – Cambridge, United Kingdom 20 September 1994)

First to analyse the break down of insulin in the human body

With L.F. Smith. Amino-acid sequence of human insulin. Nature 187:483-5, 1960

The biological activity of pure peptides obtained by enzymatic hydrolysis of insulin. Biochem. J. 7:395-401, 1960

The biological activity of insulin derivatives. Biochem. Biophys. Acta 34:257-8, 1959

First African to be named fellow at either Cambridge or Oxford Universities (1957) 

John Henry Whaits, English-born South African clergyman and fossil collector (Bristol 13 April 1870 – Mossel Bay, Western Cape 13 January 1947)

Collected new fossil species from South Africa

Collected most of the well-preserved skulls of the herbivorous family Endothiodontidae known t the time

With R. Broom authored On some new genera and species of dicynodont reptiles, with notes on a few others. Bull. AMNH 32 (1913)


Moschowhaitsia Tatarinov 1963 (Fossil Reptilia)