Born on October 7, 1919, Dr. Emmanuel Evans-Anform, is a distinguished surgeon, scientist, scholar, sportsman, educationist, administrator, counsellor on public affairs and a humanitarian.
He was the Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology from 1967 to 1973. He was the second Vice-Chancellor of the University in succession to Dr. R.P. Baffour.
Dr. Evans-Anform was born at the Evans family House, High Street, Accra, to Mr. William Quarshie Anfom and Mrs. Mary Emma Anform. He is a product of Osu Salem (Presbyterian) School, Achimota College and Edinburgh University, where he graduated in Medicine in 1947.
Dr. Anfom is one of the great pioneers of the medical profession in this country and an outstanding university administrator. According to him, the influential human story of his love and marriage to his talented first American wife, Leonora, who played such an intrinsic part in his success as a surgeon, Vice-Chancellor and great educationist, and the impact of her untimely death on him and his four children, remains one of the two most important and memorable occurrences in his life. The second is the story of his good fortune in finding his second wife, Elise, whose calming and comforting role contributed immensely in sustaining his life in his later years. The fundamental support that he has derived from his solid Presbyterian upbringing and discipline, and his firm roots and the Ga culture and traditions, are also significant landmarks in his life.
It is Dr. Anfom who first introduced the ceremony commonly known as “Matriculation” into the University.
Dr. Anfom has travelled extensively across Africa, Europe, America and the rest of the world. He has chaired a myriad of committees, boards and missions, both locally and on the international scene.
He has a number of publications including books as well as articles published in local and international journals of high repute to his credit. Two of his numerous publications “Intestinal Perforation – Some Observations on Aetiology and Management” and “The Evidence for Transformation of Lymphocytes into Liver” are noted for their remarkable impact on the medical landscape. As a past Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, he gave an excellent contribution to the academic and administrative development of the University and to higher education in the country as a whole.
In 2003 he published the story of his life, entitled – TO THE THIRSTY LAND (autobiography of a patriot), in which he laments that: “Our homeland Ghana Thirsts, for the living water found in the Knowledge and skills of the products of our educational institutions applied in her service; sadly much living water from Ghana continues to be wasted on distant thirst-quenched lands”.
Dr. Anfom currently lives at Leonora Lodge, Osu in Accra, with his lovely wife.