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Who is Ahmed Zewail?

Ahmed Zewail: Ahmed Hassan Zewail is an Egyptian- American scientist, known as the "father of femtochemistry", he won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on femtochemistry and became the first Egyptian scientist to win a Nobel Prize in a scientific field. He is the Linus Pauling Chair Professor Chemistry, Professor of Physics and the director of the Physical Biology Centre for the Ultrafast Science and Technology at the California Institute of Technology.

  • also known as Ahmed Hassan Zewail, Ahmed H. Zewail
  • born on (69 years ago) in Damanhur, child of Hassan Zewail
  • ethnicity: Arab American, Egyptians
  • nationality: Egypt, United States of America
  • religion: Islam
  • education:
  • profession: Chemist, professor, scientist, researcher
  • spouses:
  • written works: "Ultrafast Phenomena VII", "Voyage Through Time: Walks of Life to the Nobel Prize", "Photochemistry and Photobiology", "Advances in laser spectroscopy I", "Physical Biology: From Atoms to Medicine", "Advances in laser chemistry: Proceedings of the Conference on Advances in Laser Chemistry", "Age of Science", "Time's mysteries and miracles", "4D Electron Microscopy: Imaging in Space and Time", "حوار الحضارات"
  • some of the awards:
      • Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada (Chemistry)
      • Wolf Prize in Chemistry (For using ultrafast lasers in femtosecond time resolved measurements of the evolution of chemical reactions - thus obtaining the first direct observation of bond breakage in a molecule.)
      • NAS Award in Chemical Sciences (For carrying out the pioneering work that established the new field of laser femtochemistry, using ultrafast lasers and molecular beams to probe the dynamics of the chemical bond in real time.)
      • Nobel Prize in Chemistry ("for his studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopy")
      • 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.)
      • Priestley Medal
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Google previewEncyclopedia of Time (2009)

Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture by H. James Birx

Ahmed Zewail. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1999. Nobel lecture. Femtochemistry: Atomic-scale dynamics of the chemical bond using ultrafast lasers. Retrieved July 17, 2008, ...

Google previewThe Rosen Comprehensive Dictionary of Chemistry (2007)

by John O. E. Clark, William Hemsley

computational methods in quantum chemistry 1999 Ahmed Zewail (Egyptian/ American): studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopy 2000 Alan Heeger (American), Alan G .

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Ahmed Zewail

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Dr. Ahmed Zewail is the 1999 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, is the Linus Pauling Chair professor of chemistry and professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology, and a statesman who has received international awards for his contributions to science and public life.

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