He had a first-class A-level science series and graduated from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in October 1969. His research in organic chemistry led him to a Ph.D. awarded by Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, in October 1973. His published scientific works have recently been reviewed by the University of Durham, Great Britain, and was found to be research work of high distinction, for which he received his Ph.D. (D.Sc.) in October 2005.
As a professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, Professor Zacharias Tanee Fomum has supervised and co-supervised more than 100 M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses and has co-authored more than 160 scientific papers in leading international journals. He viewed scientific research as an act of obedience to God’s command to “subdue the earth” (Genesis 1:28). He also knew that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of science. “All things were created by him...” (Colossians 1:16) He made the Lord Jesus the Director of his research laboratory, and he himself, Professor Fomum, took the place of the Assistant Director. He attributed his scientific success to the leadership of the revelation of the Lord Jesus.