Prof. Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko was born on 23rd January 1962. Prof. Nyarko graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in 1990 with a B.Sc. (Hon.) degree in Physics. He was awarded Master of Philosophy degree in Physics in 1999 from the University of Ghana, Legon and a Ph.D degree in Physics through International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “sandwich” programme between Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada and University of Cape Coast, Cape coast, Ghana in 2007.
He taught Physics at St. Peter’s Secondary School, Kwahu-Nkwatia, from September 1991 to October 1994. Appointed Assistant Research Scientist at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) in 1994. He was upgraded to the position of a Research Scientist in June 1999 after completion of his M.Phil degree. Nyarko gained accelerated promotion to the rank of Senior Research Scientist in April 2002. He was promoted to the rank of Principal Research Scientist in January 2007 and a Chief Research Scientist in June 2010. Nyarko was the head of the Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) Laboratory at the Ghana Research Reactor-1 (GHARR-1) Centre from 2002 to 2007. He served as the Head of Department of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science from February to August 2007 He was appointed the Director of National Nuclear Research Institute, GAEC on September 1, 2007. He was appointed the Deputy Director General of GAEC on 1st June 2011 and later appointed the Director-General of GAEC on 1st March 2012. GAEC conferred on him the title of Associate Professor in March 2008 and a full Professor on 1st February 2012 in Applied Nuclear Physics. He is a lecturer in Nuclear Engineering, Applied Nuclear Physics and Nuclear and Radiochemistry at the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS), University of Ghana (UG). He is currently a Council Member of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSRI).
Prof. Nyarko has authored and co-authored about 250 articles in International and National peer-reviewed Journals, conference papers and technical reports. He is a fellow and Vice President of the Ghana Institute of Physics, Fellow and President, Ghana Nuclear Society and a member of the International Committee on Activation Analysis (ICAA). He is also a fellow of the Ghana Academic of Arts and Sciences (GAAS).
He has participated in IAEA Technical Cooperation (TC) Projects and Coordinated Research Projects (CRP). He has served as an IAEA Project Scientific Consultant (PSC) for International Atomic Energy Agency. He has attended several IAEA Technical and Consultative Meetings and has served as an IAEA expert on Research Reactors and Nuclear Power. Nyarko has supervised and co-supervised several PhD, M.Phil, B.Sc, and HND students from the SNAS, UG and other Universities both in Ghana and outside Ghana.
His research interests include:
(1) Development of Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) methods including the k0-NAA standardization;
(2) Elemental Analysis and Characterization of Materials using Nuclear and related Techniques;
(3) Radiation detection and measurements;
(4) Gamma-ray spectrometry;
(5) Neutron Physics;
(6) Neutron flux characterization;
(7) Quality Management;
(8) Environmental Pollution Studies;
(9) Nuclear Security, Safety and Safeguards;
(10) Nuclear Energy Planning and Infrastructure development.
He is married to Mrs. Veronica Nyarko with four Children.