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Professor
Aderemi Oluyomi Kuku |

Born March 20
1941 in Ijebu-Ode (Ogun State), he attended St. James School (Oke-Odan, Ogun
State) and Eko Boys High School (Lagos) for both primary and secondary school
education respectively, and later proceeded to the University of London
(Makerere University College), where he obtained B.Sc. (Special Honours) in
Mathematics in 1965. He was also to obtain M.Sc. (1968) and Ph.D. (1971) in
Mathematics from the University of Ibadan, with his Ph.D. thesis written in
Columbia University (New York), under the supervision of legendary
mathematician, Professor Hyman Bass.

Professor Kuku
began his teaching career at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo
University, 1965) before transferring to the University of Ibadan, where he
became a full Professor of Mathematics in 1982. And after 28 years of
illustrious career at Ibadan, he was a Professor of Mathematics at the
International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy (1995-2003).
His research and administrative experiences include: Sub-Dean Postgraduate,
Faculty of Science and Chairman, Committee of Sub-Deans Postgraduate,
University of Ibadan (1978-80); Head, Department of Mathematics, University of
Ibadan (1983-1986); Dean, Post-graduate School, University of Ibadan
(1987-1990); Foundation Chairman, Committee of Deans of Post-graduate Schools
in Nigerian Universities (1987-90); President, African Mathematical Union
(1986-1995); Member, Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Princeton, New Jersey,
USA (2003-4); Visiting Research Professor, Mathematical Science Research
Institute (MSRI) Berkeley, California, USA (1992 & 2004); Visiting
Professor, Cornell University Ithaca, New York, USA (1993); Distinguished
Visiting Professor, Miami University Oxford, OHIO, USA (2005-6); Visiting Professor, Howard
University, Washington DC, USA (1994); Visiting Professor, Max Planck Institute
for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany (1994 & 2007); Visiting Professor, Ohio
State University Columbus, OHIO, USA (2005); Visiting Professor, IHES, Paris,
France (2006), and a host of others.

Professor Kuku’s
mathematical research contributions over the years have focused on Commutative
and Non-commutative Algebra /Arithmetic/Geometry through methods of K-theory,
Cyclic homology, encompassing Algebra, Number theory, Representation Theory,
Algebraic Topology, Operator Algebras, some Algebraic Geometry and Differential
Geometry. Some of his discoveries and fundamental results include:

·
Formulating
all Higher Algebraic K-theory (abstract topological constructions) in the
representation theoretic language of Mackey functors, leading to his discovery
of Equivariant Higher Algebraic K-theory and its relative generalizations in
the contexts of exact and Waldhausen categories;

·
Developing
methods of computing Higher K-theory of non-commutative rings such as
non-commutative orders and groupings as well as twisted polynomials and Laurent
series rings over orders with applications to the computations of Higher
K-theory of virtually infinite cyclic groups in the context of Farrell-Jones
conjecture;

·
Formulating
the famous Baum-Connes conjecture (hitherto available only for group actions)
for the action of quantum groups and verifying the conjecture in some
situations e.g. for quantum SU_2;

·
Computing
K-theory and Cyclic homology and hence non-commutative Chern characters of Lie
group C*-algebras and quantum groups;

·
Constructing
Profinite (Continous) Higher K-theory as extraordinary cohomology theory in the
context of exact categories and proving several finiteness and l-completeness
results for orders, G-schemes (G-algebraic group) and twisted varieties.

With over 85
publications in world-leading journals in mathematics, as well as over 10 books
and monographs to his credit, Professor Kuku holds recognition as: Foundation
Fellow, American Mathematical Society (2012-); Fellow, The World Academy
of Sciences (TWAS, 1989-); Member, European Academy of Arts, Science and
Humanities (1986-); Fellow, African Academy of Science (1986-, President
2014-); Fellow, Nigerian Academy of sciences (1989- Sec, Physical
sciences, 1990-91); Foreign Fellow, Mongolian Academy of Sciences (2005-);
Honorary President, African Mathematical Union (for life, 1995-); Foundation
Fellow, Nigerian Mathematical Society (2015-), and Fellow, Mathematical
Association of Nigeria (1987-). He is a recipient of the Nigeria’s National
Honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), as well as the Nigerian
National Order of Merit Award (NNOM), which is the highest award for
intellectual accomplishment in Nigeria, awarded by the President of Nigeria. He
also holds the traditional title of Otunba Ofiran of Ijebu-Land awarded in 1993
by the Awujale of Ijebu-Ode, Oba S. K. Adetona.

To crown it all,
at his 70

^{th}birthday (March 20, 2011), Nanjing University, in faraway China, held an International conference on “Algebraic K-theory and its Applications” (March 17-21, 2011) in honour of this intellectual colossus. The proceeding of that conference was the embodiment of a special issue of the Journal of K-theory, Vol.12 No.1, dedicated to him and published by Cambridge University Press.
This is a brief
citation of Professor Aderemi Oluyomi Kuku, President of the African Academy of
Sciences, and the great oracle for the Science Nigeria Lectures 2017.