In line with Harrow
Black History Month Forum’s 2006 highlighting of black scientists
and inventors, pan-London voluntary organisation BTWSC honoured
renowned Ghanaian scientist and mathematician Prof. Francis KA
Allotey with the BTWSC Black S/Heroes Award 2006 for his
contribution to the sciences. The Allotey Formalism, a technique
used to determine matter in outer space, is named after him.
The award was
presented by Harrow Labour Group leader Cllr Navin Shah at the
‘N-Word & Insidious Racism Debate’, which took place in the Council
Chamber last Saturday (Oct. 14), to Prof. Allotey’s wife Asie
Allotey, whose alma mater in Ghana will also be a recipient of the
prize in her husband’s honour.
I would like to
express my sincere thanks to BTWSC for putting the
issue of the N word, and indeed racial prejudice and
discrimination, on the top of the agenda,” said Cllr Shah..
“We must remain united and fight all forms of prejudice –
the fight against racism must go on, and so too the
celebration of Black history Month in Harrow.
“May I also congratulate BTWSC for selecting Professor
Francis Allotey for an award for his achievement in the
field of science and to someone who is truly a global person.
has lifted the flag of Ghana and Africans, and it is apt to
recognise him during Black History Month, especially as Harrow BHM
is highlighting Black scientists,” added BTWSC co-ordinator Ms
Also, as a member
of Harrow’s Promoting Achievement group, which this year is
focussing on raising academic achievement of African/ African
Caribbean students, BTWSC has established the BTWSC Professor
Allotey Science Prize for the best first year secondary school
science student of African descent in Harrow.
that role models like Professor Allotey, who established the
principle widely known as the Allotey Formalism, will encourage
young people to achieve in the sciences,” continued Ms serwah.
education secretary and High Commissioner to the UK Mr. KB Asante said: “Professsor
Allotey has exploded the myth that Africans cannot achieve the
highest in the mathematical and physical sciences, and should be
satisfied with achievement in sports and entertainment.”
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The name of the organisation is BTWSC, it’s taken from the
initials of a writing competition in which the youth were asked
to write without use of swear words
The organisation’s co-ordinator is known simply as Ms Serwah (if
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Photo L-R: BTWSC chair Kwaku, Mrs Asie Allotey, Cllr Shah, BTWSC
co-ordinator Ms serwah