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NIGERIAN RESEARCHERS AND SCIENTISTS

The list below is not exhaustive and is still been updated.


Winston Wole Soboyejo

is 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. His research focuses on experimental studies of biomaterials and the mechanical behavior of materials.

Bartholomew Nnaji
Professor Nnaji is an innovator and one of the inventors of the 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 proceeded 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 was made a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in 1992. As a researcher, 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.

He is also the founder of the first indigenous owned power generating company in Nigeria and was also a former minister for Science and Technology in the country.
He ran in the 2007 Nigerian presidential election as the candidate for the Better Nigeria Party.


Philip Emeagwali
(Born in 1954) is an engineer and computer scientist/geologist who was one of two winners of the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, a prize from the IEEE, for his use of a Connection Machine supercomputer to help analyze petroleum fields.

Emeagwali was born in Akure, Nigeria on 23 August 1954. His early schooling was suspended in 1967 due to the Nigerian-Biafran war. When he turned fourteen, he served in the Biafran army. After the war he completed a high-school equivalency through self-study. He travelled to the United States to study under a scholarship after taking a correspondence course at the University of London.[ He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Oregon State University in 1977. He worked as a civil engineer at the Bureau of Land Reclamation in Wyoming during this period.


Professor Ibrahim Umar
Professor Ibrahim Umar is a Nigerian scientist and university administrator. He was Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria from 1979 to 1986. He holds a B. Sc. in physics and mathematics from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, a M. Sc. in physics from Northern Illinois University, USA and a Ph. D. (1974) in physics at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. In 1976 he became the first Nigerian academic in physics to teach at Bayero University. In 1978 he served on the national constitutional assembly that drafted the Constitution of the 2nd Republic.

Between 1994 and 1997, Umar served as Sole Administrator of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
He represented Nigeria at the Executive Assembly of the World Energy Council from 1990. He was a member of the Nigerian delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference from 1989 and was appointed Director-General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria in 1989. He served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the IAEA for 2000-2001. In 2004 he was the Director of the Centre for Energy Research and Training, where the first Nigerian research nuclear reactor is located.
In 2007, he was on the international advisory committee for the international workshop on Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development in Africa, held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Nigeria.

Professor E. B. Alo
(Born April 15, ca 1950) is a Nigerian philanthropist, environmentalist and professor of applied biology, ecosystems, entomology and parasitology with an academic and research career spanning over a quarter-century.

He has contributed to several highly respected scientific books and publications including the United Nations' Aquatic sciences and fisheries abstracts, Volume 19,(Published 1989), Integrated pest management for developing countries Nova Science Publishers, 2007, Crop Post-Harvest: Science and Technology, Volume 2,(Wiley-Blackwell;edition 1, November 5, 2004), Advances in Virus Research, Vol. 53 Academic Press; 1 edition (October 25, 1999) and Extension Services in Wildlife Conservation: The Extension Agent and Information Worker (Copyright © Foundation for Environmental Conservation 1995), 22:267-269 Cambridge University Press. He is noted for his research work on the transmission patterns of the HIV virus in the ABO and Rhesus blood groups.

Professor Alo's extensive research work on the almost extinct species of Dennettia tripetala is carried by the Chinese Government National Science and Technology Library, the Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique - INIST) of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the United Kingdom's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In 1991 Prof. Alo was appointed as the first Dean and founder of the School of Postgraduate Studies at the Federal University of Technology Yola. He went on to serve as the university's Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 1996–2000, and as interim Vice-Chancellor in 2001.
He is also a chair member of the Executive Leadership Board of Rotary International [20] District 9125.

Ilesanmi Adesida
(Born 1949, Ifon, Ondo State, Nigeria) is a naturalized American physicist of Nigerian descent. He is the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering and the Dean, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and since 2007, a member of the board of Fluor Corporation. His field of academic research is nanotechnology with special emphasis on high speed devices used in communications. He has held posts as director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, professor of materials science and engineering, professor of electrical and computer engineering, professor of the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology and research professor of the Coordinated Science Laboratory, all at the University of Illinois. Adesida earned his bachelor’s (1974), master’s (1975), and doctoral (1979) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. (wikipaewdia).


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