Ezin Onvêhoun, Jean – Pierre, Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2009; Mathematics, Differential Geometry
Born in 1944, Benin

Professor Jean-Pierre Ezin was born in Benin Republic in 1944 .He was  educated at school and high school levels at Collège Père Aupiais. Next he did undergraduate studies at Université Cheick Anta Diop in Dakar , Sénégal where he obtained  MSc degree in Mathematics ,1968. He did his postgraduate studies at Université Lille I (Lille-Flandres), France,  There he obtained PhD in mathematics in 1972 and the French Doctorat d'Etat in Sciences with Riemannian Geometry as his major speciality in 1981. In between Professor Ezin has been graduated at the same university in France with an MBA degree in 1971.

Jean-Pierre Ezin  started his professional experiences as lecturer at the University of Lille-Flandres ,1972-1973 and at the Université Nationale du Benin 1973-1977 . He continued   his university career as senior lecturer at the University of Lille-Flandres 1977-1982. From 1982 he is associate professor and full professor at Université Nationale du Benin ,today Université d'Abomey-Calavi and at the other univesities in Benin .

Jean-Pierre Ezin is a ditinguished professor and reseacher in differential geometry , Riemannanian geometry and global analysis as well as in African science policy. He did scientific visits to several prestigious institutions and universities ; Lille-Flandres(197-1982), Ecole Polytechnique (1985-1986), the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste , Italy (1986-1988), Clark Atlanta Universty  USA (1993) , Max Planck Institute in Leipzig  Germany,(1995), University of Fortaleza ,Brazil (1996) etc.

Professor Ezin set up GIRAGA , a continentwide regular conference to promomte differential geometry and global analysis in Africa. He has been Recteur of the Université Nationale du Bénin and Founder Director of the famous IMSP (Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques)in Porto-Novo , Bénin. He published more than forty spcialized papers in mathematics and in  science policy. He is really sensitive to scientific capacity building in Africa. He made significant contributions in that domain in his positions of African Union Commssioner (2008-2013) and Economic Community of West African States Commissioner(2014-2016) for Education and Science by setting up the Pan African University and Nnamdy Azikiwe academic mobility scheme to mention a few.

He is granted with Palmes Académiques Francaises, Ordre Internationales des Pames Acdemiques du CAMES, de l'Ordre National du Bénin ; he has been member of the Board of American NSF and of Sweedish ISP . Professor Ezin has been Chair of the Board of French AIRD( Agence Inter-Etablissement de Recherche pour le developpement)..

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Hounkonnou, Norbert Mahouton, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2005; Mathematical Physics
Born in 1956, Benin

Dr Sc in 1992 from catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, Mahouton Norbert Hounkonnou  is a full Professor of Mathematics and Physics at the  University of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin. His works deal with noncommutative and nonlinear mathematics including differential equations, operator theory, coherent states, quantization techniques, orthogonal polynomials, special functions, graph theory, nonassociative algebras, nonlinear systems, noncommutative field theories and geometric methods in Physics.

He is co-author and reviewer of books, referee and associate editor for renowned journals in mathematics, mathematical physics and theoretical physics. He has published more than 150 main refereed papers in outstanding ISI-ranked journals  and international conference proceedings in the fields of mathematics, mathematical physics and theoretical physics.

He is a visiting professor at African, Asian, European and North American Universities.

Together with his peers at the international level, he founded the International Chair in Mathematical Physics and Applications (ICMPA - UNESCO Chair) of the University of Abomey-Calavi where he  created  multi-university master degree and PhD programmes in mathematics with connections, motivations or applications to physics, or in physics with  important relations to mathematics. The best African students from about 13 French and English speaking countries are selected to follow these programmes which attract prominent and  leading mathematicians and mathematical physicists worldwide who come to give lectures and supervise student research, what has substantially increased international collaboration with African, Asian, American, European and Indian  scientists and mathematicians. The ICMPA-UNESCO Chair presently hosts the international conference series and  school on Contemporary Problems in Mathematical Physics, which is held every two years and each year since 1999  and 2005, respectively. These activities has led to   a significant network of researchers connected with the ICMPA-UNESCO Chair, who benefit from the resources so made available in mathematics and mathematical physics, and  the development of world class mathematics and science in Africa.

Professor Hounkonnou has cosupervised more than 32 PhD and 31 M. Sc. theses of students from Belgium and different African countries (Benin,  Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal,  Togo, Zambia, etc.).

He is the current President of the Benin National Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.

His membership extends to the International Association of Mathematical Physics, American Mathematical Society, African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the World academy of sciences (TWAS),   UNESCO Scientific Board for International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP), as well as other scientific organisations. 

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