Emeritus Professor Edward H.K Akaho
Emeritus Professor Edward H.K Akaho was born in Mepe of the Volta Region of Ghana in February 1952. He received his B.Sc. (Chemical Engineering) Honours degree in 1976 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He obtained M.Sc. degree in Nuclear Reactor Science and Engineering and D.I.C. in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology in 1979 from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, U.K. In 1982, he was awarded the Ph.D. (Nuclear Engineering) degree from the University of London, London, U.K.
He joined the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) in 1977 and for 10 years, he was the Reactor Manager of Ghana Research Reactor-1 before he was appointed the Director-General of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission..
For thirty four years, he has combined teaching with research and scientific administration. He was a Professor of Nuclear Engineering of the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences, University of Ghana until his statutory retirement in 2012. In 2013, the title of Emeritus Professor of Nuclear Engineering was conferred on him.
He has participated in many IAEA Technical and Advisory Committees. In addition, Emeritus Prof. Akaho served as IAEA scientific expert to review safety analysis reports of research reactors.
As an IAEA expert, he taught reactor physics and transient analysis and gave lectures on research reactor safety.
His research interests include neutron and reactor physics calculations and experiments, reactor shielding, reactor thermal-hydraulics and development of nuclear analytical technique for neutron activation analysis. His specific research fields include fast neutron transmission and thermal neutron reflection in hydrogenous materials; reactor physics calculations of research reactor core, reactor noise studies, steady state core thermal-hydraulics and transient analysis of research reactor cores, Neutron flux characterization using ko-standardization NAA method.
He has published over 170 articles with 110 scientific papers in 25 different peer-reviewed international and national scientific journals, 31 conference papers and has co-authored more than 30 technical and research progress reports.
In 2005, he was elected to Fellowship of Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission named the building housing the Accelerator Research Centre as “Edward H.K. Akaho Building”.
From 2006- 2012, he served as a Member of the Advisory Group on Nuclear Security (AdSec) of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna. In 2008, Emeritus Prof. Akaho was appointed by IAEA/AFRA as a Chairman of High Level Steering Committee (AFRA-HLSC) on Human Resource Development and Nuclear Knowledge Management for the African region. He was appointed in 2010 as a Member of IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE) and Member of International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) of IAEA in 2010.