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23 July 2017
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Felix I D Konotey-Ahulu is Dr Kwegyir Aggrey Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics University of Cape Coast Ghana. He trained at London University’s Westminster Hospital School of Medicine qualifying MB BS in 1959, and proceeded with the Doctorate in Medicine while working at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and University of Ghana Medical School. He distinguished himself in Sickle Cell and other Clinical Haemoglobinopathy. He investigated AIDS at the grass roots in African countries when the pandemic began, and wrote extensively about his findings. He has made some discoveries in Tonal Liguistics. He made several discoveries in Clinical Medicine and has received many Awards.

(i) Martin Luther King Jr Award in Philadelphia 1972 when he was chosen to give the Keynote Address with Nobel Prize winners Linus Pauling and Max Perutz on the platform

(ii) The Ghana Academy Gold Award in Medical Sciences in 1974

(iii) The Guinness Award for Scientific Achievement (GASA) in the Commonwealth 1976

(iv) The Third World Academy of Sciences Award in 1998  

(v) Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Science University of  Cape Coast Ghana plus a Personal Chair Kwegyir Aggrey Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics University of Cape Coast Ghana at the Faculty of Science in 2000 when the Millennium Hymn he composed ‘TIME WAS CREATED’ was first sung by the University Choir.   

(vi) African American Museum In Philadelphia [AAMP] Humanitarian Award 2007 “presented in recognition of your distinguished service and exceptional contributions to the people of Africa and to the world”. Lecture: “The Remarkable African Ear: Phenomenon of Mid Pitch Arrest in Krobo/Dangme-Gã Tonal Languages of South East Ghana”, May 5. 

(viii) Award Citation for Meritorious Service presented by Nene Sakite II, Konor of Manya Krobo who conferred on him the title “Klo HingmεThe Eye of Krobo” after Ghana@50 Lecture on Tonal Linguistics, Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences, Accra, 30th October 2007.

(ix)Ghana National Award by President J A Kufuor ORDER OF THE VOLTA – OFFICER “for distinguishing yourself in MEDICINE/RESEARCH INTO SICKLE CELLS” in 2008.

(x) Awarded SICKLE CELL PIONEER SCIENTIST “In recognition of your pioneering scientific work in sickle cell disease and its effects on Africans known to the world” at The First Global Congress in Sickle Cell Disease in Commemoration of 100 years following the publication of the first clinical case of Sickle Cell Disease – held in Accra Ghana on Tuesday 16th July 2010.

(xi) Awarded 2010 TWAS REGIONAL PRIZE ON PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING AND POPULARIZATION OF SCIENCE. Announcement during the 21st General Meeting in Hyderabad, India 19th & 20th October 2010 and presented during the 5th TWAS-ROSSA Young Scientists Conference (The African Academy of Sciences) 26th 27th February 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya when he gave two Award Lectures.

His website www.konotey-ahulu.com or www.sicklecell.md is for public education.

1965 to present day, click here
398Konotey-Ahulu FID. BMA AGM 2017 on Abortion A damning verdict on my genetic defect and family members BMJ Rapid Response 30 June 2017 to Abi Rimmer and Rebecca Coombes on BMA annual meeting: Doctors who carry out abortions should not face criminal sanctions, says BMA 28 June 2017 BMJ 2017; 357: j1136 June 28
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1. Why is Sickle Cell Anaemia only found in Black people?
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3. Why then do Science teachers always talk about malaria protection in sickle cell anaemia?
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