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Ghanaian-American Fibre Optics Pioneer, Dr. Thomas Mensah, Passes Away at 74

Dr. Thomas Mensah, a pioneering Ghanaian-American inventor known for his groundbreaking work in fibre optics, has passed away at the age of 74. The sad news was confirmed by his family, who stated that he died on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at the Kumasi Catholic Hope Exchange Hospital in the Ashanti Region following a brief illness.

Dr. Mensah was widely celebrated for his significant contributions to the field of fibre optics, which revolutionized the telecommunications industry. His innovative work paved the way for high-speed internet and data transmission, transforming the way people communicate and access information globally.

Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Mensah received numerous accolades and awards for his pioneering work, solidifying his legacy as one of the foremost inventors in the field of fibre optics. His passing is a great loss to the scientific community and the world at large.

The family has requested privacy as they mourn the loss of their beloved patriarch. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course to allow friends, colleagues, and well-wishers to pay their final respects to the late inventor.

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Dr. Thomas Mensah’s contributions to the world of technology will forever be remembered, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of inventors and innovators.


Dr. Thomas O. Mensah was an alumnus of KNUST and a Ghanaian-American chemical engineer known for his work in broadband fiber optics and nanotechnology.

He was the Founder and CEO of Georgia Aerospace in the United States and the Silicon Valley of Ghana, a technology and innovation institution.

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Dr. Mensah was also known for his contributions to the manufacturing of the largest drone in the world and was the only scientist whose invention of fibre optics technology introduced the earth planet to the Integrated Industrial Revolution, boosting the global economy significantly.

He served on the MIT Board of Directors for five years and worked with NASA, championing STEM initiatives.

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