Professor Felix Israel Domeno Konotey-Ahulu, is one of the world’s foremost experts on sickle cell disease. He, in collaboration with some colleagues, undertook research that led to the discovery of Haemoglobin Korle-Bu and Haemoglobin Osu-Christiansborg. (Exactly, it goes beyond HbSS and HBSC). Oh, he actually coined the term gnatopathy. (Yeah, that’s who I’m talking about)
I heard about the good professor many years ago and I knew I had to meet him. There simply, in my opinion, is no one, who has as much knowledge on this condition as he. It was a pleasure meeting and interacting with him.
Professor Konotey-Ahulu was one of the recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation Award “for outstanding research in Sickle Cell Anaemia” in 1972, and in 1976, received the Guinness Award for Scientific Achievement in the Commonwealth “in recognition of his work in applying science to the service of the community”. He also received the 1999, Third World Academy of Sciences Award for outstanding work in the Basic Medical Sciences. In the citation to this award “his outstanding contributions to haemoglobinopathy” were mentioned, but also his “first description of some 5 new physical signs in clinical medicine” and invention of the ‘Male Procreative Superiority Index’ (MPSI) which shed light on aspects of African anthropogentics, among others. In 2008, he received the Ghanaian state award, The Order of the Volta-Officer for “distinguishing himself in medicine/research into sickle cells”. These are but a few of the many awards he has won over the years.
In 2004, Professor Konotey-Ahulu was named one of the 100 greatest Africans of all time, in a publication by, New African, a popular monthly based in London. The list included greats like Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, Kofi Annan, Martin Luther King, W E B Du Bois among others. Prof Konotey-Ahulu requested that he be replaced by Dr. J E Kwegyir Aggrey, about whom he wrote an article in the same publication later that year. (link below)
Professor Konotey-Ahulu, is well travelled, holding lectures in many countries all over the world. He was Annual Visiting Professor to Howard University College of medicine, and Honorary Consultant Physician to Howard University’s Centre for Sickle cell disease, Washington DC. In 1998, He was appointed ‘Chief visiting clinician/scientist, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)’ where he is on the editorial board of the African journal of Health Sciences. Between 1965 and 2001 he published more than 185 articles, editorials, book reviews and comments. (261 with 10 yet to be published at last count)
A prolific writer, he was at one time, the Editor of the Ghana Medical Journal. He was also a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on human genetics and a temporary consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Medical department in London. Among his published works, are a 643 page book titled THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE PATIENT and a 32 page booklet titled, SICKLE CELL DISEASE-THE CASE FOR FAMILY PLANNING. Having visited many sub-Saharan African countries, studying AIDS, he published a 227 page book titled, WHAT IS AIDS?
He is a visiting consultant physician at Cromwell Hospital, London and Valco Trust Hospital Ghana, where he is involved in community work and adult education in the local languages. He was an external examiner in the University of Ghana Medical School’s department of Medicine and Therapeutics. Professor Konotey Ahulu was appointed Kwegyir Aggrey Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics by the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in April 2000.
Professor Konotey-Ahulu is very active on new media. His website www.sicklecell.md is a very credible source of information for persons living with sickle cell disease and everyone interested in the subject. There is a blog associated with the website. Please check it out sometime. He is also quite active on Facebook and Twitter, please like or follow his pages.
Prof. Konotey-Ahulu is Ghanaian, born in Odumase-krobo on 12TH JULY 1930. He is married to Mrs Rosemary Konotey-Ahulu with 3 adult children and several grand kids. His early education was in the Gold Coast (Ghana). He proceeded to the United Kingdom for his premedical and medical training. After which he returned to Ghana. Most of his graduate work was in the United Kingdom, but he always returned. Professor Konotey-Ahulu is a devout Christian and has even written a hymn. He was also one of the founding fathers of Korle-Bu Community Chapel (Accra Chapel).
I am really very grateful for the opportunity to meet Prof Konotey-Ahulu and for all the work that he has done and is still doing in the area of sickle cell disease. I read his work, and I am impressed with the passion with which he educates people and corrects the misinformation out there. I wish him the very best, good health and many more years of life.
[pdf] Felix I D Konotey-Ahulu FGA Key achievements.
[pdf] DR FELIX I D KONOTEY-AHULU, CURRICULUM VITAE. September 2002.AD