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John Powell

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Member since: Mar 02, 2012

First to introduce myself: I was born in Bristol, England, in 1937 and educated at Cotham Grammar School, Bristol, and the University of Southampton, finally graduating in 1963 with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. From 1963 to 1971, I was Technical Director of Westwind Air Bearings Ltd., a manufacturer of precision high speed bearings for the computer manufacturing industry. During this period I published two books: Gas Lubrication with Dr N S Grassam (Butterworths, 1963) and The Design of Aerostatic Bearings (Machinery Publishing Co., 1970).

Career in Ghana In February 1971, I took up a post at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, where in January 1972 I was appointed the first director of the Technology Consultancy Centre (TCC). I started a grassroots industrial development programme in Kumasi and Tamale that attracted the attention of the Ghana Government and international aid agencies, and in 1986 I transferred to the Ministry of Industries, Science and Technology in Accra to extend the programme to all ten regions of the country.

In 1991, I was awarded the OBE for Services to Technical Education in Ghana, a year later I was elected a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, and in 2003 I was awarded an honorary DSc by Kumasi University.

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Readers of these EzineArticles may find it surprising that someone who knows almost nothing about reptiles should post three pieces about snakes, but on reflection it does seem that life in Kumasi in

Reference & Education> Wildlife l 2 years ago

When one thinks of Africa one immediately calls to mind its spectacular wildlife, especially its large mammals. While the big five are mostly associated with eastern and central Africa some of them

Articles Categories> Travel & Leisure l 2 years ago

International travellers who stay in five star hotels and only glimpse their surroundings from the window of air-conditioned transport on their way to and from the airport often complain that every

Travel & Leisure> Outdoors l 2 years ago

In the period from July 1978 to December 1981, Ghana experienced three successful military coups and several other attempted or rumoured coups. A characteristic of those years, and of a few years

News & Society> International l 2 years ago

On a visit to a clinic in a small town in rural Ghana an opportunity arose to glance through the incident record book. This documented what might now be described as the accident and emergency

Reference & Education> Wildlife l 2 years ago

Visitors to Ghana during the second half of the twentieth century may have been surprised to find that road traffic was dominated by two categories of public transport vehicles: taxis with brightly

Reference & Education> Psychology l 2 years ago

Africans have always been ready to migrate in search of better lives and in the 1960s the relatively buoyant Ghanaian economy attracted many immigrants from other West African territories, most

Reference & Education> Survival and Emergency l 2 years ago

From the 1960s, as more African countries emerged into independent life, Western governments and international non-governmental organisations (NGO) have mounted innumerable projects aimed at

Reference & Education> Psychology l 2 years ago

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