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Daniel Kwadwo Asiedu was born on June 5, 1961 to Jacob William Asiedu (deceased) who hailed from Nkroanza in the Brong Ahafo Region, and Elizabeth Frempomaa Asiedu who hails from Akim Achiase in the Eastern Region.  He started his basic education in Takoradi where he attended the Methodist Primary and Middle School. He then proceeded to St John’s School, Sekondi, for his Ordinary Level School Certificate (1980) and later completed his Advanced Level in 1982 at Aggrey Memorial Zion Secondary School, Cape Coast. He had his tertiary education at the University of Ghana, from 1982 to 1986, and Okayama University, from 1993 to 1998.

Daniel Asiedu is a Professor of Geology. He is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of sedimentary geology. He is best known for using petrographic, geochemical and isotopic techniques to constrain the provenance of siliciclastic sedimentary rocks. He has 18 years’ university teaching and research experience and has undertaken several extension activities mostly in the areas of education, research and consultancy services. He holds a BSc (Ghana) degree in Geology with Mathematics, an MSc (Okayama) degree in Geology, and a PhD (Okayama) degree in Geology. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Offshore Prospecting (Japan).

He was appointed to the position of a Lecturer at the Department of Geology (now Earth Science), University of Ghana, in 1998, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001, Associate Professor in 2006, and to Full Professor in 2010. He has also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Munich in Germany (2002 to 2003) and at Okayama University in Japan (2003 to 2005). His administrative experience in the University of Ghana includes being the Head of the Earth Science Department (Aug. 2005 to Feb. 2008) Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science (Mar. 2008 to Jul. 2010), Dean of the Faculty of Science (Aug. 2010 to Jul. 2014), and the Dean of the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (Aug. 2014 to Jul. 2016). Before joining the University of Ghana he worked with the Ghana Geological Survey Department, from 1988 to 1998, as a Geologist and with Ghana Secondary School, Koforidua, from 1986 to 1988, a Mathematics Tutor (National Service).

Professor Asiedu has taught several courses (largely in the areas of sedimentary geology and geochemistry) at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has supervised over 100 undergraduate (BSc) and over 50 postgraduate (MSc, MPhil and PhD) students’ research projects in the University of Ghana. His current research activities focus on three main areas: (i) petrology and geochemistry of siliciclastic sedimentary rocks; (ii) geochemistry and petrogenesis of igneous rocks, and (iii) hydrochemical and water quality studies in sedimentary and crystalline basement rocks. Research activities in these areas have resulted in publications of over 60 journal articles and over 40 conference papers.

Professor Asiedu has served and continues to serve in several boards and committees of the University of Ghana. His extension activities outside the University of Ghana include: Council Member of Knusford University College; Reviewer for several academic journals; Examiner for several universities both within and outside Africa; University of Ghana Campus Representative of the Geological Society of America; Council Member of the Geological Society of Africa; Council Member of the Ghana Institution of Geoscientists; Assessor of Earth Science Programmes for National Accreditation Board; and Campus Representative for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He has also carried out numerous geological and mineral exploration services for many private companies and several public institutions including the Minerals Commission and the Energy Commission.

In recognition of his commitment to academic, research and administrative excellence, he has won several awards/fellowships, notably, Meritorious Award (2013), awarded by Department of Earth Science, Merit Award and Citation (2010), awarded by Geology Students’ Association of the University of Ghana (GEOLSA), JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (2003–2005), awarded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002–2003), awarded by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, MONBUSHO Scholarship (1993–1998) awarded by Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, and, Trainee Fellowship (1991), awarded by Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Professor Asiedu is a Christian and worships at the New Light Pentecostal Church in East Airport, Accra. He is married to Vida Obeyaa Asiedu and the marriage is blessed with two children, Akua Frimpomaa and Kofi Owusu.