The world loses another noble soul! Winner of a Nobel Prize and the father of Femtochemistry, Ahmed Zewail, a science adviser to President Obama breathed his last at the age of 70. Zewail was awarded the Noble Prize in 1999 for his work on the study of chemical reactions over immensely short time scales.
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi grieved the death of Zewail and lauded him as a “scientist who devoted his life” to scientific research. Born in Damanhur, Egypt, Zewail, helped develop a new research field dubbed four-dimensional electron microscopy.
Zewail had authored some 600 scientific articles and 16 books. He was also showered with honors from around the world, including France’s highest honor, the Legion d’Honneur, and Egypt’s Order of the Grand Collar of the Nile.
A member of the Californian Institute of Technology (Caltech), President Obama named Zewail, a naturalized citizen, to the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and later that year made him the first U.S. science envoy to the Middle East. His death is certainly a great loss to the world of science and technology. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Zewail’s family and hope that his soul rest in peace!