Egypt

Ahmed Zewail

Linus Pauling Chair Professor of Chemistry & Physics, Director, Physical Biology Center for Ultlrafast Science & Technology, California Institute of Technology, United States
(February 26, 1946 – August 2, 2016)

Ahmed Hassan Zewail received a BS and a MS degree from the University of Alexandria before moving from Egypt to the United States to complete his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. In In 1999, Zewail became the first Egyptian and Arab to receive the Nobel Prize in Science or Medicine. For ten years, he served as the Director of the National Science Foundation's Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (LMS), and is currently the Director of the Moore Foundation's Center for Physical Biology at Caltech. He received many international recognitions and awards including  the Albert Einstein World Award of Science for his pioneering development of the new field femtoscience and for his seminal contributions to the revolutionary discipline of physical biology, creating new ways for better understanding the functional behavior of biological systems by directly visualizing them in the four dimensions of space and time. In April 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and in November of the same year, he was named the First United States Science Envoy to the Middle East.