Profile on Professor Mirian Ewurama Addy

As a resource person for science education programmes in Ghana, Prof Addy became very popular as the host of the Science and Maths quiz  television programme – Brilliant Science and Maths Quiz.

She contributed immensely to science education by making the subject interesting to Ghanaians of all ages with her role as the Quiz Mistress of the national weekly science and maths quiz programme, .

It is believed that her quiz mistress role inspired many female students to study science.

She was 72 years old.

 

EDUCATION

Ewurama attended St Monica’s Senior Secondary School and Achimota School for her secondary education from January 1956 to June 1960 where she obtained her ‘O’ and ‘A’ level certificates. Sister Marian had an exceptional ‘IQ’ , she effectively combined academics and sporting activities without a hitch.

She represented the school at inter-collegiate sports in  the late fifties.  She was proud of the school that helped to shape her life as a ‘’St Monican”.   She, together with her sisters, Jane and Elizabeth (All St Monicans), instituted an Award for the “Best Girl” at St Monica’s Secondary School.

She then continued to Holy Child Girls School in Cape Coast. She scored the highest marks and also maintained the topmost position throughout her secondary school years. It was, therefore, not surprising when she obtained distinction in all subjects at the ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level examinations and continued to Holy Child Secondary School, Cape Coast. 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.

Professor Marian Ewurama Addy was the first woman professor to come out of the University of Ghana.

CAREER

Ewurama was a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Ghana. She was the Chair for the Policy Committee on Developing Countries (PCDC), she also chaired the National Board for Professional and Technicians Examinations (NABPTEX)

In the seventies, she took leave from the University of Ghana to become the Director of Programmes for the Science Education Programme for Africa (SEPA), a pan African programme for pre-tertiary science education, which was based in Accra Ghana.

She was the first Woman of professorship in science at University of Ghana, Legon. Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy was a Professor of Biochemistry and served Ghana and humanity in many capacities. She was instrumental in making traditional medicine an accepted alternative means for health care.

Until she passed on, She was the Chair of the Policy Committee on Developing Countries (PCDC), a Committee of the International Council for Science, (ICSU), Chair of Ghana’s National Board for Professional and Technicians Examinations (NABPTEX), member of WHO Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine, advisor to the International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, Sweden and Founder and First Executive Secretary of Western Africa Network of Natural Products Research Scientists (WANNPRES), established February 2002.

She changed the face of science in general. As a resource person for science education programmes in Ghana, Prof Addy became very popular as the host of the Science and Maths quiz television programme – Brilliant Science and Maths Quiz. She made science simple and exciting as subject, while setting a pace for women in science. She hosted the programme for seven years and was responsible for its popularity.

Where it was no go zone for women, with respect to science, she endeavoured and succeeded. She was a gem in academia (biochemistry). She taught both basic and applied science, 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 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.

In January 2008 she was appointed President of the Anglican University College of Technology, a newly launched private initiative for higher technical education in Ghana.

In January 2008 she was appointed President of the Anglican University College of Technology, a newly launched private initiative for higher technical education in Ghana.

AWARDS

  • CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year, in 1995, for marketing Science.
  • UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science in 1999.
  • The Africa-America Institute’s Distinguished Alumna for Excellence in 1998
  • The Millennium Excellence Awardfor Educational Development.
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciencesin 1999.

 

She passed on at the early hours of 14 January 2014 after a short illness.

 

References

Ghanadot.com

Wikipedia

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