Cameroonian professor Abdoun Atangana has been voted the second-best mathematician in the world.
In a list of the world’s top 2% of scientists released by Stanford University on Wednesday, the 37-year-old was ranked 188th in science, technology and engineering.
Atangana, Lecturer at the University of the Free State of South Africa (UFS), is a professor of Applied Mathematics at the Institute for Groundwater Studies at UFS.
The Cameroonian initially made headlines in 2020 after being included as one of 10 South African scientists in the top 1% of scientists in the Clarivate Web of Science global list.
According to his citation on the UFS website, Atangana is best known for developing a new fractional operator used to model emerging real-world problems in engineering, science, and technology, an achievement that has earned him recognition as one of the world’s best scientists.
In 2021, he was elected a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries.
“Stanford University has compiled a list of the top 2% of global researchers, based on citations throughout their careers, and includes 195,605 scientists who made up the top 2% as of September,” UFS said in a statement.