|Purpose||Advancement and dissemination of knowledge in Ghana|
The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) is a learned society for the arts and sciences based in Accra, Ghana. The institution was founded in November 1959 by Kwame Nkrumah with the aim to promote the pursuit, advancement and dissemination of knowledge in all branches of the sciences and the humanities.
The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences began its life as the Ghana Academy of Learning, and was formally opened on 27 November 1959 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the Great Hall of the University College of Ghana, who became its first president along with Nkrumah. It was incorporated by an Act of Parliament, the first of its kind in post-independent Africa. It was merged with the National Research Council in 1963 to become the Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1968 it was again split into (a) The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, which is a purely learned society, and (b) The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, which undertakes research of an applied nature related to national needs.
The mission of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences is to encourage the creation, acquisition, dissemination and utilization of knowledge for national development through the promotion of learning.
The following individuals have served as President of the Academy:
|President||Tenure of Office|
|Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh||1959–1961|
|Nii Amaa Ollennu||1969–1972|
|E. A. Boateng||1973–1976|
|Charles Odamtten Easmon||1977–1980|
|F. G. T. Torto||1981–1982|
|D. A. Bekoe||1993–1996|
|J. H. Kwabena Nketia||1997–1998|
|Fred T. Sai||1999–2002|
|S. K. B. Asante||2003–2006|
|R. F. Amonoo||2011–2014|
|Joy Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu||2019–2022|
Further information: Category:Fellows of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences