Short Bio of Prof. Norbert Hounkonnou

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Mahouton Norbert Hounkonnou  is a full Professor of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin. His research deals with noncommutative and nonlinear mathematics including differential equations, operator theory, coherent states, quantization techniques, orthogonal polynomials, special functions, graph theory, nonassociative algebras, nonlinear systems, noncommutative field theories and geometric methods in physics. He (co) authored and reviewed books, refereed and severed as an associate editor for renowned journals in mathematics, mathematical physics, and theoretical physics. He published over 130 refereed research papers in outstanding ISI-ranked journals and international conference proceedings in the fields of mathematics, mathematical physics, and theoretical physics.

He was a visiting professor at several African, Asian, European, and North American Universities.

Together with his peers at the international level, he founded the International Chair in Mathematical Physics and Applications (ICMPA - UNESCO Chair) of the University of Abomey-Calavi in which he created multi-university master degrees and PhD programs in mathematics with connections, motivations, or applications to physics, or in physics with important relationships to mathematics. The best African students from about 13 French and English speaking countries are selected to follow these graduate programs, which attracted prominent and leading mathematicians and mathematical physicists around the world who come to give lectures and supervise students research, what has substantially increased international collaboration with African, Asian, American, European, and Indian scientists and mathematicians. The ICMPA-UNESCO Chair presently hosts an International Conference Series (respectively, School) on Contemporary Problems in Mathematical Physics, which is held in Cotonou (Benin) every two years since 1999  (respectively, each year since 2005). These activities have led to  a significant network of researchers connected with the ICMPA-UNESCO Chair. The ICMPA-UNESCO Chair gets its funding from various sources that are available in mathematics and mathematical physics, and  for the development of world class mathematics and science in Africa.

Professor Hounkonnou (co)directed  32 PhD Theses and 21 Masters. His PhD and M. Sci. students are from several countries including Belgium, Benin,  Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal,  Togo, and Zambia.

Professor Hounkonnou is the chair of the African Academy of Sciences Commission on Pan-African Sciences Olympiad (2014 - present) , the chair of the African Academy of Sciences Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) on Mathematical Sciences (2013 – present), reviewer for the NANUM 2014 Award Committee Member of the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2014), TWAS research Professor in Zambia, and enjoys the membership of several important international scientific organizations.

Professor Hounkonnou is the current President of the Benin National Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. His membership extends to the International Association of Mathematical Physics, American Mathematical Society, African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS),   UNESCO Scientific Board for International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP), and to many others.

Among other things, Professor Hounkonnou is a Knight of the Benin National Order (Chevalier de lOrdre National du Benin). He received a series of recognition for the excellency of his work such as the Prize of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 1996 and the 2015 Tokyo University of Science President Award.