Adedoyin John Akintayo

Adedoyin John Akintayo was elected as an AAS Fellow in 2016. As a fellow, Adedoyin John Akintayo contributes to the development of the Academy’s strategic direction through participation in AAS activities and governance structures. . This gears the Academys vision of transforming african lives through science.

Year elected
Geological, Environmental, Earth & Space Sciences

Professor Akintayo Adedoyin obtained his BSc in Physics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1974; and a PhD, specialising in Meteorology, from the same university in 1983 He started his working career as a Computer Programmer with the then Shell/BP Petroleum Development Corporation of Nigeria. He started his teaching career at the University of Ibadan and had a stint as an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Reading, U.K. He joined the staff of the University of Botswana, Botswana, in 1992. He currently coordinates the Physics-with-Meteorology degree programme of the University. Professionally, he has had a distinguished career being one of the few Africans, working in Africa, who have studied troposheric dynamics over tropical Africa.  In recognition of his contributions, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, appointed him one of their Senior Associates in 1999. His PhD dissertation was one of the pioneering efforts at modelling the dynamics of tropical mesoscale systems. He is a Fellow of the U.K. Royal Meteorological Society and has also been recognized as a Senior Fellow of the C. V. Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers. He has served as a Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) and Lead Author for IPCC Working Group 1 on Assessment Report 5. Adedoyin served as the General Secretary (1988-2010) of the Society of African Physicists and Mathematicians (SAPAM) until the society transformed to the African Physical Society in January 2010. SAPAM is one of the first few physical societies to be granted Observer Status by the then Organisation of African Unity (now African Union). He was cited in 1998 by the Edward Bouchet-Abdus Salam Institute (EBASI) for distinguished service.