Prof Ibrahim Umar is a Nigerian scientist, distinguished Abusite, university administrator, respected elder statesman and renowned professor of physics.
He is the first Nigerian academic in physics to teach at Bayero University, the first Nigerian to serve as chairman of the board of Governors of the IAEA, third vice-Chancellor Bayero University Kano and former Sole Administrator of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
Prof Ibrahim Umar’s Education
Prof Ibrahim Umar started his elementary school in Bichi before going to the Kano Middle School (Rumfa College) and then, Barewa College in Zaria.
After his secondary education, he went to the Nigerian College of Arts, Science, and Technology, which provided advanced education for people who finished secondary school. After which he proceeded to the great Ahmadu Bello University Zaria to study for a B.Sc. in physics and mathematics.
He proceeded to the US for an M.Sc. in physics from Northern Illinois University, USA and later to the UK for a Ph.D. (1974) in physics at the University of East Anglia.
After his first degree at the ABU, Prof Ibrahim Umar joined the services of the Ministry of Education in northern Nigeria, where he taught in secondary schools. His first posting was to Okene.
After he returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom where he went for advanced studies, he was posted to the Advanced Teachers’ College, Zaria.
He was in Zaria when the issue of creation of states was finalized and people were posted to their states of origin. Prof Umar was posted to his state of origin, Kano. While in kano, he was first posted to Hadejia Secondary School and later transferred to Rumfa College.
He went for a masters’ degree program in the United States and afterward proceeded to the UK for his Ph.D. Upon his returned, he was posted to the new College of Advanced Studies, Kano.
When the Abdullahi Bayero College, (now Bayero University) was established, Prof Ibrahim Umar was transferred to the school’s Faculty of Science in 1976 becoming the first Nigerian academic in physics to teach at Bayero University, where he later became Vice-Chancellor from 1979 to 1986.
He was also a Sole Administrator of the Federal University of Technology, Minna between 1994 and 1997. In 1978, he served in the national constitutional assembly that drafted the Constitution of the 2nd Republic.
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