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Ahmed Zewail  

Scientist Lauded as the "Father of Femtochemistry" & the First Egyptian Scientist to Win a Nobel Prize in a Scientific Field

Ahmed Zewail is the Linus Pauling Chair professor of chemistry and physics, and director of the Center for Physical Biology at Caltech. He is the sole recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize for the development of the field of Femtochemistry. In the post-Nobel era, he developed 4D Electron Microscopy for the direct visualization of matter in space and time. Dr. Zewail’s other honors include fifty Honorary Degrees, Orders of Merits, Postage Stamps and more than hundred international awards. He has published some 600 articles and 14 books and is known for his effective public lectures and writings, not only on science but also in global affairs. For his leadership role in these world affairs, he received, among others, the “Top American Leaders Award” from The Washington Post and Harvard University. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and in the same year he was named the first U.S. Science Envoy to the Middle East. Subsequently, the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon invited Dr. Zewail to join the UN Scientific Advisory Board. In 2014, President El Sisi decreed his appointment to the Council of Advisors for the State of Egypt. Following the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the government established “Zewail City of Science and Technology” as the national project for scientific renaissance, and Dr. Zewail became its first Chairman of the Board of Trustees.


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