Ahmed Hassan Zewail was born on February 26, 1946, in Damanhour, Egypt. The Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian-American chemist Ahmed Zewail, a science and technology advisor to President Barack Obama and the man who is known to be the first U.S. science representative to the Middle East, died on August 2 at the age of 70 in the United States.

He is known as the “father of femtochemistry” and was awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on femtochemistry and became the first Egyptian and the first Arab to win a Nobel Prize in a scientific field.

He was an author of some 600 scientific articles and 16 books and also is credited with developing a new research field dubbed four-dimensional electron microscopy.

However, When Ahmed Zewail, a 23-year-old Egyptian chemist arrived at the University of Pennsylvania for the pursuit of doctoral studies in 1969, he was disappointed to know that his homeland was a loser in the technological era. On his first days, he was a man who didn’t know how to use a refrigerator and keeping his university colleagues wondered whether he was up to the standard in the chemistry lab and even is English was so poor that he had to explain himself thousand times to his University colleagues.

In his passing, he has not only proved to be one of the greatest scientists the world over but also made efforts and contributions for the honor of the Islamic Countries.


Turbat, August 15.