Prof Iya Abubakar: Mathematical genius who was 2nd indigenous VC of ABU

Prof Iya Abubakar: Mathematical genius who was 2nd indigenous VC of ABU

- Professor Iya Abubakar is not only a mathematics genius, he is also an accomplished politician in the country

- The genius had a first class for his first degree at the then University College Ibadan and got his PhD from Cambridge University, England

- Between 1955 and 1966, he was the visiting professor at the University of Michigan, after which he was a professor of mathematics at ABU at 28-years-old

Professor Iya Abubakar, a mathematical genius, the third vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria was also many times a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He was also a former senator of Adamawa North between May 1999 and May 2007. He had a first class degree in mathematics at University College Ibadan and a doctorate degree at Cambridge University, England.

It should be noted that the Nigerian academic was also one of the two people who got an appointment into the faculty positions at the early stage of ABU.

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Abubakar is also the first northerner to get a PhD in any field at all. He was also the head of department of mathematics and computer science when he was 32-years-old.

It should be noted also that Abubakar was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan between 1955 and 1966 before he became the professor of mathematics at ABU at 28.

During his political career as a senator, he was the chairman of the Senate committee on finance and appropriation, and another committee on social and technology.

According to reports, though the academic has retired from active service, Abubakar made a great contribution during his lecture to mark the university’s annual public lecture.

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