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FM mourns death of Zewail

Wednesday، 03 August 2016 - 12:53 PM

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry mourned the death of Egyptian Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail, who passed away on Tuesday 2/8/2016  in the US at the age of 70.

Zewail has always been an idol to generations for his scientific achievements that were crowned with winning the Nobel Prize in 1999, to become the first Egyptian and Arab to receive the internationally prestigious award in chemistry, Shoukry said.

At the personal level, he was a man of high values that made him a great example representing Egypt at different international events, he said.

Despite his internationally-esteemed stature, Zewail was never too busy for his country, especially in the last years, as he was extremely keen to materialize the Zewail City of Science and Technology to become a beacon of light to Egypt’s future scientists, he added.

His scientific, moral and human heritage will live on, he concluded. 

Zewail passed away in the US on Tuesday at the age of 70. 

In June 2013, Zewail announced he was suffering from a cancerous tumor in the spinal cord but later he announced that he was able to overcome the critical state of the disease.

Born on 26 February, 1946, Zewail got his bachelors and masters degrees from Alexandria University, before moving to the US to study and receive his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

He won the Nobel prize in chemistry in 1999 after demonstrating that it was possible with rapid laser technique to see how atoms in a molecule move during a chemical reaction down to tens of femtoseconds(fs).

MENA



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