Born on 16th June, 1932, Professor Cornelius Oluwadade Orangun had his Secondary School education at Ilesha Grammar School and after a stint at the Technical Institute, Yaba, proceeded to University College, Ibadan. He obtained his B. Sc. Civil Engineering from University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1960 and his Ph. D. as a Commonwealth Scholar from University of Leeds in 1963.
After his Ph. D. he practiced for a year with the consulting firm of W.V.Zinn and Associates in London and subsequently joined the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Lagos from where he rose through the ranks from Lecturer in Civil Engineering in 1964 to Professor of Structural Engineering in 1976. He has served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at both University of Benin (1975-1976) and the University of Lagos (1977-1981). Prof. Orangun has participated in the structural design of some of the major engineering projects both locally and abroad such as the Gulf Oil Refinery in Milford Haven, Wales or the Second Mainland Bridge in Lagos. He retired from his Chair at University of Lagos in 1987 to set up Sador Consulting Engineers where, he has won international recognition and awards for notable achievement in research related to Structural Engineering. Prof. Orangun has also served as Consultant and Expert to Multilateral Organisations such as UNESCO.
He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science, an organization where he has served as Honorary Secretary for many years. Prof. Orangun is a Foundation Fellow of the Nigeria Academy of Academy.