Kaduna State Commissioner of Education, Prof. Andrew Jonathan Nok is dead. He died at the age of 55.
The cause of his death is yet to be ascertained.
Nok, a professor of Biochemistry, was the first to discover the gene responsible for sleeping sickness. That work won him the NLNG Science Prize in 2009.
Mr. Nok, a professor of Biochemistry, has won many national and international awards.
In 2010, he won Nigeria’s highest academic honour, the Nigerian National Order of Merit, NNOM, in the science category.
He was the 2013 winner of the Alexander von Humboldt prize for science.
The 1983 Biochemistry graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, was born at Nok village in Jaba local government of Kaduna state on January 11, 1962. He was a lecturer in the university before he was appointed commissioner in July 2015.