Dr. Ahmed Zewail


 Dr. Ahmed Zewail 
Nobel Laureate, Linus Pauling Chair Professor
of Chemistry and Professor of Physics
California Institute of Technology
United States






Dr. Ahmed Zewail (elected in 1999) is the Linus Pauling Chair Professor of Chemistry, professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Director of the Physical Biology Center.  He received the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.  He has received numerous other honors, including the Robert A. Welch Prize, Wolf Prize, King Faisal Prize, Benjamin Franklin Medal, Da Vinci Award, Albert Einstein World Award and the Priestley Medal.  He has also received Egypt’s highest state honor, the Order of the Grand Collar of the Nile and postage stamps were issued to honor his contributions to science and humanity.  

Dr. Zewail received his BS and MS from Alexandria University in Egypt and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.  He holds forty honorary degrees in the sciences, arts, philosophy, law, medicine and humane letters from around the globe.  Dr. Zewail is an elected member of international academies and societies, including the National Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy, Royal Society of London, European Academy, French Academy, Russian Academy, Chinese Academy and the American Philosophical Society.  He also serves on the boards of international institutions and some major corporations.  Recently he was appointed to President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and was named the first United States Science Envoy to the Middle East.