- A Free State maths professor has just become Clarivate's youngest team member to join its prestigious study group
- His new venture will see him joining other top scientists who will lead the pack in developing research around the spread of Covid-19
- Professor Atangana is known for developing a new maths fractional operator used to model real world problems
Professor Abdon Atangana of the University of the Free State recently became the youngest African mathematician to join the Clarivates Web of Science list after he was recognised by the scientific study group for his accomplishments in the field of maths.
According to Clarivate, this accolade recognises true pioneers in their field over the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple high-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science.
The exceptionally brilliant Professor Atangana will now be joining the other top one percent who have excelled in their fields of research as they embark on a journey to researching and discovering the spread of Covid-19.
Speaking about his accomplishments, Professor Atangana expressed just how much of an honour it was for him as a black African to prove to other black children that not only can they excel in their endeavors but that there is nothing that they cannot accomplish once they set their minds to it.
Prof Atangana has been honoured with a position in the study group because of his vast contributions to the world of research using his real-world application skills which he developed to help solve problems in the fields of engineering, science and technology.
Locals have had this to say about the accomplishment:
"The guy must just work hard and be focused. He needs to realise that SA unemployment is high and there are unemployed graduates too. But since he is a top mathematician, I'm sure his skills are needed. But he must stop moaning, be grateful that this country is giving him a chance."
"He is the people we need, called scarce skills."
"You do you Prof, let the rest figure themselves out!"
"These are the kinds of stories I like seeing behind a paywall."
"I think this is what we call scarce skill which we are not opposing."
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