Early life[ edit ] Born into a far from wealthy family from Alor , Anambra , Okeke-Ojiudu had to work hard in order to pay for his education at all levels. In he went to St. Due to his outstanding distinctions, he was posted direct as Headmaster. He was sent to St.
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The father Mr. Daniel Okeke was a brick layer and exceptionally hardworking and extremely kind and honest, while the mother was a petty trader, extremely intelligent, a leader and pace setter for others.
Pius Nwankwo Okeke attended a primary school in Oraukwu where he obtained his first school leaving certificate. But initially he was not interested in other subjects as a result he ended up attending a private secondary school Washington memorial Grammar school where he had no opportunity to offer physics and chemistry.
He was offered admission to study physics in at the University of Lagos, Nigeria In class the young P. Okeke was the best student not only in the department but the faculty of science. He therefore won the faculty scholarship to enable him complete his BSc and proceed to a PhD any part of the world. He was forced to transfer to the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria where he completed his BSc degree second class honors upper division in Physics in and was appointed a Junior Research Fellow of the University of Nigeria in Pius Nwankwo.
Okeke was the first person to receive a PhD degree of the University of Nigeria in He carried out his Postdoctoral research in the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in under the supervision of very distinguished Astronomer Professor M. He rose to the rank of a professor and leader of Space Research Centre University of Nigeria in He tackled many problems in Astronomy and collaborated with researchers world wide to become a distinguished international scholar.
Contributed immensely in Astrophysical Spectral Research, Conducted massive postgraduate training for Nigerian Space Science scholars using facilities at home and abroad Prof. In the University of Nigeria, Prof. Okeke has left an indelible footprint in the building of human resources in academics.
He has produced over 20 Ph. Ds and 30 M. Scs in Space Science and he is still currently supervising another 5 Ph. D students. Over 6 of his students are now professors, heading Space Research programs in other Nigeria Universities. Okeke Prof. Through the efforts of P.
Excellent work in the areas of Atmospheric Science and Astronomy is going on through out the country. Professor Okeke has written 15 textbooks in Physics and Astronomy at both secondary and tertiary levels. These books are today the most popular in Nigeria and some African countries. The Department of Physics and Astronomy decided two years ago to write a special letter of commendation to Prof.
Okeke for his enormous contributions to provision of research facilities, training of members of staff abroad, and the development of research programs in the department.
As can be seen above, the TWO major ambitions of Prof. Okeke are almost achieved To Pioneer Basic Space Science Programs in Africa and Nigeria in particular through sound postgraduate programs and attraction of research facilities. To reform and simplify the learning and teaching of Physics in secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
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