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Henri Hogbe Nlend (Mathematician)

NameHogbe Nlend
Other NamesHenri
Date of Birth1939-12-23
Place of BirthNkom

Henri Hogbe Nlend is a Cameroonian mathematician, university professor, former government minister and presidential candidate. Born December 23, 1939 at Nkom near Edea, Nlend lectured at the University of Yaoundé, and at the University of Bordeaux.

In 1976 at a meeting of the International Mathematical Union it was decided to form an African Mathematical Union. Hogbe Nlend was elected as its first president. A post he held until 1986.The AMU was partially funded from another body on Paris which was also chaired by Hogbe Nlend.

It was said that he was good at raising funds and that meetings were held twice a year. Hogbe Nlend was a candidate in the presidential election held on 12 October 1997, which was boycotted by the major opposition parties, and placed second, although he received only 2.9% of the vote. The winning candidate, incumbent President Paul Biya, appointed Nlend as Minister of Scientific and Technical Research after the election.

His text book on the theory on duality topology-bornology and its use in functional analysis has been described as a classic. Henri Hogbe Nlend is a member of the historical Cameroon party, the Union of the Peoples of Cameroon (Union des Populations du Cameroun) and leader of one faction of this party. Hogbe Nlend fell out with Augustin Frederic Kodock, the Secretary-General of another UPC faction, in 2002.

At the time of the July 2007 parliamentary election, Charly Gabriel Mbock, member of Hogbe Nlend UPC faction and outgoing UPC parliamentary deputy, resigned from the UPC and joined a new party, National Movement Party. He vowed to carry on the struggle for which UPC has stood for, but this was disbanded when differences were resolved a year later, in a reconciliation meeting with the Hogbe Nlend UPC faction. (Kodock claimed in a press conference that Mbock had insufficient support to move this new party forward as he lacked the 500 signatures required by law). In reality, the 1990 Law to constitute an entity for legalisation as a political party in Cameroon does not include this requirement.