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Prof. Adegoke Olubummo like Dr. Chike Obi contributed earnestly to the advancement of Mathematics in Nigeria and became the first Nigerian to be a Professor in Mathematics.

 He was born on April 19, 1923 and died in October 26, 1992 at Orin Ekiti, Ondo State-Nigeria. Late Professor Adegoke Olubummo was the son of the honored first literate Olorin of Orin, H.R.H. Oba William Adekolawolu Olubummo II and Olori Abigael Osarayi Olubommo. As a child of parents of high honor, he received an excellent education at Methodist schools in which he worked (Ifaki Methodist School) as a pupil teacher in 1937. All three of Adegoke Olubummo's children are mathematicians. His daugher Yewande Olubummo is currently in the U..S. as an assistant professor of mathematics at Spelman College.

In 1938, at the age of 14, Olubumo entered Wesley College in Ibadan. In 1942 he returned to his alma mater as ateacher, and for thenext few years taught at primary and secondary schools in Nigeria, Ghana (then the Gold Coast), and Sierra Leone. He earned is B.A. from Fourah College in Freetown Sierra Leone (1950).

Adegoke Olubummo earned his M.A. in Mathematics (1952) and his Ph.D. (1955) from King's College, University of Durham in Castle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom. In 1955, he began as a lecturer in the mathematics department the University College, Ibadan, Nigeria where he was promoted to (Full) Professor in 1964. Dr. Olobummo was head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Ibadan for many years, where he was determined to create qualitative traditions in spite of the handicaps of development in a young African university. Rogosinsk retired from the University of Ibadan, and became Dean of the Faculty of Science of Ondo State University.

Dr. Adegoke Olubummo, with James Ezeilo and Chike Obi, was one of a trio of black (indigenous) mathematicians who pioneered modern mathematics research in Nigeria. He pioneered the establishment of the Forum for Functional Analysis and its Applications and the Nigerian Mathematical Society. Many of his Ibadan students went off to earn the doctorate in mathematics; e.g., T. O. Adewoye, Olusola Akinyele, S. K. Assiamous, V. A. Babola, the Senator S. O. Iyahen, E. O. Oshabi, and O. Popoola. 


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