Prof. Idowu A. Olayinka
Abel Idowu Olayinka is a professor of Geophysics whose treatise and research have been instrumental in the body of academic and professional discourses in Geophysics. He was educated at University of Ibadan between 1977 and 1981 where he bagged B.Sc. (2nd Class honours, Upper Division) in Geology and at Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of London, United Kingdom (1983-1984) where he was awarded M.Sc. in Geophysics, and also a Diploma of Membership of Imperial College in 1984. In 1988, he got his Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham with focus on the use of a microprocessor-controlled resistivity traversing system for borehole citing in basement areas of Nigeria.
He has been in the employment of University of Ibadan since April 20, 1988. He was promoted to the post of professor of Applied Geophysics on October 1, 1999, by the University Senate.
As a scholar of geophysics of international repute, he has written books and articles that have proved to be reference points in the annals of academic and professional discourses in geophysics. To date, he has written well over 50 publications, some of which he co-authored with other scholars of repute.
He has also attended over 95 scientific conferences in and outside the country. His expertise in the field of geophysics has been engaged by government and private concerns. He has consulted for the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development on the review of solid mineral resources in Nigeria (1991-2) and on Bitumen Implementation Committee on the Ministry (2000-2). His services have also been engaged by oil multinationals such as Shell Petroleum Development Company and Chevron and Agip Oil in the areas of oil prospecting and environmental impact assessment of oil prospecting in the Niger Delta.
Olayinka, who has continued to provide leadership and community service, is currently the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan.