|Top 10 Highly Celebrated Nigerian Scientist/Researchers
Nigeria is undisputedly one of the greatest countries in Africa and by extension in the world. Nigeria is located in West Africa and shares land boundaries with the Republic of Benin in the west, concomitantly, it also shares limits with Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north.From extensive research it was discovered that its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean.
The three principal and most dominant ethnic groups in Nigeria are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.Notable scholars of international repute hails from this great country of ours. Right from her existence, great events has been happening, ranging from inventions, discoveries, mortality, death, politicking, educational advancement and so on..
With the above been said, without retraction, this is a comprehensive list of the top 10 renowned scientist from Nigeria.
Each has been extensively celebrated for their laudable contributions to the dynamic and multifaceted nature of the federal republic of Nigeria.
Alexander Obiefoka Enukora Animalu, PhD
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(age 77) Oba, Nigeria
Major Field of interest: Theoretical Physics
Institutions Attended: University of Nigeria, Nsukka. University of Cambridge Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Stanford University. University of North Carolina, Chill Drexel University, University of Missouri, Rolla Alma mater University . University of Cambridge
Prominent for: Superconductivity, Isosuperconductivity
Scholarship, Universit Ibadan (1959 – 1962), Crowe’s Prize on Abstract Alga,
Theory of Numbers (1962), Department Prizes in Mathematics (1961 & 1962).
University of Ibadan Postgrad Scholarship at University of Cambridge (1963 – 1965)
Animalu is the only African member till date of the Advisory Board of theEuro-Journal Physica and the only African member of the Editorial Board of the Hadronic Journal , he is also the founding editor of the Nigerian Journal of Solar Energy and one of the pioneering editors of the Bulletin of the Nigerian Institute of Physics
Due to his extensive works and research, he was principally the orator at the Foundation President of the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria, foundation editor, Nigerian Journal of Solar Energy, foundation member, United States Energy Research and Development Administration and Foundation member and former President of the Nigerian Academy of Science.
Animalu Early career
Division of Applied Physics, Stanford University and between January, 1968 and August, 1968.He was a visiting scientist at the Department of Physics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In September, 1968, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri, Rolla. His research work was in solid state and elementary particle physics.
development of Nigeria.
He was invited to become a Professor of Physics in 1976 in the Department of
Physics and Astronomy, University of Nigeria , Nsukka by his former lecturer
and the then Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Emeritus James Ezeilo.
Theformer Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, presented him with the
Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM)  award for Basic Science in 2000.
He rose in academic positions becoming Head of Department of Physics, UNN in 1981 and 1994 and Dean, Faculty of the Physical Sciences, UNN.
His proposal to the Federal Government of Nigeria led to the establishment of a Centre for Energy Research and Development in the UNN in 1980. He became the first substantive Chairman of its Governing Board in 1989. The idea for a National Mathematical Center in Nigeria was hatched by Professor Emeritus Ezeilo and Animalu.
He was the 1990 Ahiajoku lecturer, the highest Igbo academic privilege given to such scholars as Professor Chinua Achebe and Professor Onwumechili. His theory of high- temperature superconductivity based on the novelty of the pairing mechanism for electrons was published in Hadronic Journal in 1991.
He has trained many Nigerians in the field of theoretical physics and solar energy and established
two youth organizations, Society for Promotion of Indigenous Inventions and Creativity
(SPIIC) and Century-21 Club.
Born on the 24th of February, 1929. Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Occupation: educator microbiologist researcher Anthony Afolabi Adegbola was a
Nigerian Professor of Animal science and former President of the Nigerian Academy of Science. In 1993, he was elected President of the Nigerian Academy of Science to succeeded Professor Akpanoluo Ikpong Ikpong Ette. I guess Akwa ibomite are happy.lol.
3. Anya Oko Anya
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of Biology who is distinguished for his work in Parasitology.
attended Hope Waddell Training institution, Calabar, University College, Ibadan,
Saint John’s College, Cambridge, England and Molteno Institute of Biology
and Parasitology .He began his working career as a Science Master with Qua-Iboe
Mission Secondary School, Etinan, Akwa Ibom State in 1957.
1961– 1962; Lecturer, Federal Science School, Lagos, 1961–1962; Research Officer,
Federal Department of Agricultural Research, Ibadan, 1963–1967; Lecturer in Zoology,
University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1965–1967; Senior Lecturer, University of
Science and Technology Project, Port Harcourt, 1967– 1970; Senior Lecturer, University of
Nigeria, Nsukka, 1970–1973; Professor of Zoology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
since 1973 and he was the former Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Economic
Summit Group Ltd.
Anya was awarded the Nigerian National Medal of Merit by the Nigerian government
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of Ambrose Alli University .He also served as president of the Nigerian Association of
Mathematical Physics. In 1995, he was elected as President of the Nigerian
Academy of Science to succeeded Professor Anthony Afolabi Adegbola.
5. Bartholomew Nnaji
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E-Design concept. He was born in Enugu State, and earned a Bachelor of Science
degree in physics at St John’s University, and then preceded to the Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University for post-graduate studies. He joined the faculty
at University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1983. After a few years, he became
the director and a founder of the Automation and Robotics Laboratory at the University.
he focused on three major topics: Computer Aided Design, Robotics and Computer
Aided Engineering. Using the knowledge he gained from his research pursuits, he created the term geometric reasoning, the idea that most things we operate has a geometric configuration. He is also credited as one of the innovators of the E-design concept.
that he was linked to a company bidding for a lucrative electricity contract.
He joined the research staff of the University College, Ibadan in 1964, as a medical
research fellow. However, upon gaining a Smith and Nephew fellowship he went abroad for further studies under the direction of Henry Miller and John Walton,both eminent neurologists in Newcastle upon Tyne .
African Americans. In the late 1960s, he investigated cases of ataxic neuropathy in Epe where residents usually consume a dose of ill processed cassava with little or no supplement.
and international acclaim in the medical community.
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Mathematics Union suggests that he was the first sub-Saharan African to hold a doctorate in mathematics. Dr. Obi’s early research dealt mainly with the question of the existence of periodic solutions of non-linear ordinary differential equations.
Obi is the author of several books and journals on mathematics and Nigerian politics.
receive a PhD in mathematics.
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Alfred Sobojeyo of Ohio State University), currently a Professor of Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, with special interests in Material Science and Engineering. He is also the Director of the U.S./Africa Materials Institute, and the Director of the Undergraduate Research Program at The Princeton Institute of Science and Technology.
materials, and alternative energy systems.
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municipality of Freetown, Fourah Bay, by his parents Abdul and Isatu Bassir. He
attended the Prince of Wales Secondary School where he passed the Senior Cambridge
examination with exemption from London matriculation.
He spent most of his professional career at the University of Ibadan , where he founded the Biochemistry and Microbiology departments. He laid the foundation of what became the first medical school in West Africa. By 1958, he was already a full professor. His academic specialty was nutrition and biochemical toxicology.
He was at various times Head of those two departments, Dean of faculty and also
served as acting Vice Chancellor.
He had written at least 250 professional papers by 1972 when University of London conferred the coveted doctor of science degree (D.Sc.) on him. He had performed very successful lecture tours in the then Soviet Union , the United Kingdom, and the United States of America among others.
Olumbe Bassir was the author of several books. His 1957 book Anthology of West
African Verse was seminal in introducing written African poetry to Western audiences. His other popular books include Handbook of Practical Biochemistry (1963) and Metabolism of Afflatoxins and other Mycotoxins (1989).
In 1968, he formed a partnership with Tecwyn Williams through the British Inter- University Council for Higher Education Overseas. The programme’s research division helped developed the Drug Metabolism and Biochemical Toxicology research program at Ibadan and contributed in fostering interest and making interesting findings in animal nutritional habits.
After retiring from the University of Ibadan, he remained active for several years, continuing to act as editor of the West African Journal of Biology and Applied Chemistry.
He also served as chairman of the Welcome Nigeria Fund, which became the Bassir-Thomas Biomedical Foundation in the early 1990s. He also regularly organized the annual Open House Colloquium.
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State University of Technology (now the Enugu State University of Science & Technology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University and Ebonyi State University).
Mobisson was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State , Nigeria . He grew up with his family in Umu Ezike, Edenta in Awo Idemili , the son of a palm wine tapper. As a young boy, he attended St. Matthews Primary School (now known as Pioneer Primary School) in Imo State and went on to the Christ the King College (CKC) in Onitsha.
His excellence in academics caught the attention of local US Peace Corps volunteers
who recommended that he pursue university studies in the United States or UK. He reluctantly agreed, having reservations about the role of the US and UK in colonial Africa.
While he was teaching at ASUTECH, Mobisson went on to work in Nigerian telecommunications industry with NITEL. With the assistance of ASUTECH graduates, NITEL engineers, and former President Ibrahim Babangida ‘s financial support, he constructed a communications system.