Olagoke Olabisi

Olagoke Olabisi is the Engineering professor who invented several processes for which not less than eight patents were granted. Olagoke was born in Osogbo and his education at the Government College Ibadan which ended in distinction fetched him a 4-year full scholarship to study Chemical Engineering at Purdue University from where he graduated in 1969. This was followed by a Masters degree at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1971, and a PhD degree in Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case-Western Reserve University in 1973. In that year, he joined the Research and Development department of Union Carbide Corporation where he displayed immense fecundity that will resonate through his career.

In 1983, Olagoke retired to become a professor at the University of Lagos, taking a leave to help out with the formation of Chemical Engineering department. Olagoke’s research interests centred on technology adoption and adaptation for the exploitation of local raw materials. Throughout his distinguished career, he researched polymers and composites both in industry and academia.

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