Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy, First Female Professor of Science at the University of Ghana Passes on at age 72.


Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy was a Professor of Biochemistry. In January 2008, she was appointed President of the Anglican University College of Technology, a private initiative for higher technical education in Ghana.

Her experiences in academia were mainly in teaching biochemistry, both basic and applied, to undergraduate, post-graduate, dental and medical students at the University of Ghana, Legon and at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington DC. Her main area of research was the science of herbal preparations used by Traditional Medical Practitioners, especially their safety, efficacy and how they work.

Professor Addy was educated at the University of Ghana, where she studied towards a degree in Botany, and at the Pennsylvania State University, where she obtained Masters and Doctorate degrees in biochemistry. As head of unit or department in various institutions, Professor Addy was responsible for initiating projects, running workshops and sourcing for funds for these activities as well as for younger scientists in training.

Professor Addy has received many awards including: The Millennium Excellence Award for Educational Development at the turn of the millennium; UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science in 1999; The Africa-America Institute’s Distinguished Alumna for Excellence in 1998 and Marketing Woman of the Year, in 1995, for marketing Science.

She was popularly known for hosting the National Science and Maths Quiz on GTV. She passed on at the early hours of today after a short illness.


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