Professor Robert Kwame Nkum was born on March 13, 1954, at Agona Bobikumah in the Central Region. He had his primary education at the Bobikumah Methodist Primary School. After two years of Middle School Education at the Bobikumah Local Authority Middle School, he passed the Common Entrance Examination and gained admission into the Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS), with a Cocoa Marketing Board Scholarship. He completed the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) in 1974 with Distinction. He also completed the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) in 1976 at the same school.
In 1976, Professor Robert Kwame Nkum gained admission into the then University of Science and Technology to pursue a four-year degree programme in Physics. He completed the BSc (Physics) programme in 1980 with a Second Class (Upper Division). He also completed the MSc (Physics) programme at the University of Science and Technology in 1983. In 1986, he left the shores of Ghana to The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, to study for the Doctor of Science (DSc) degree as a Lady Davis Fellow. He completed the doctorate programme in August, 1989. Between 1990 and 1992, Professor Robert Kwame Nkum joined the Condensed Matter Physics group of the Department of Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, as a Postdoctoral Fellow.
Professor Robert Kwame Nkum was appointed as Assistant Lecturer in Physics at the University of Science and Technology in 1983. He became a Lecturer in 1984 and was promoted to the post of Senior Lecturer in 1993. In 1998, he was promoted Associated Professor and in 2003 he became a Full Professor.
Professor Robert Kwame Nkum has served the international and local communities in a number of capacities. He has refereed a number of articles for publication in a number of journals including the Journal of the Ghana Science Association, the Journal of Science and Technology, journal of Applied Science and Technology, Discovery and Innovation, Materials Chemistry and Physics, Canadian journal of Physics, Journal of Materials Science, etc. He has also assessed a number of MSc and PhD theses. He has been a member of International and National Committees including the National Committee on the Information and Communication Technology Policy for Ghana and the National Accreditation Board.
At the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Professor Robert Kwame Nkum has served as the Deputy Vice-Dean and Vice-Dean of the then Faculty of Science (now College of Science), Vice Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Head of the Department of Computer Science. He has also been a member of the Academic Board and the Executive Committee. He was the foundation Dean of the Faculty of Physical Science. Outside the University, he was recently the Rector of Cape Coast Polytechnic.
Professor Robert Kwame Nkum is a member of the Ghana Institute of Physics, a member of the Ghana Science Association, a Chattered Physicist and member of the Institute of Physics (UK). He is also a Senior Associate of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy.
Professor Robert Kwame Nkum has been involved in research in the following areas: Dielectric and ferroelectric properties of materials, Superconducting and normal-state properties of bismuth-based systems, Transport properties of amorphous and crystalline semiconductors, and Magnetic properties of materials. A number of papers resulting from his research work has been published in local and international journals including Physical Review Letters, The Physical Review, Physica C, Solid State Communications, Thin Solid Films, Acta Materiala, Materials Chemistry and Physics, Superconductor Science and Technology, Journal of Materials Science, Materials Engineering B, Discovery and Innovation, Journal of Applied Science, etc. In addition, he has numerous Conference and Seminar papers.
Professor Nkum is a practicing Christian and an active member of the Bethel Methodist Church Ayigya. He is a Sunday School teacher and an accredited Local Preacher. He has been the Chairman of the Ashanti Youth for Christ for a number of years.
Professor Robert Kwame Nkum is married to Mrs. Grace Ama Nkum and they have five children - Marian, Judith, Philip, Grace and Priscilla.
On the 1st of October, 2010, Professor William Otoo Ellis was appointed as Vice Chancellor for a four year term to steer the affairs of this great institution by the Council of this University. He was inducted into office on the 2nd of October, 2010 and swore the oath of service and was formally outdoored to the University Community and to the rest of the general public.