Ahmed Zewail

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Ahmed Zewail, full Ahmed Hassan Zewail (Arabic: أحمد حسن زويل‎; born February 26, 1926, Damanhour, Egypt) is a scientist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1999, "for his studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopy."[1] Zewail is the Linus Pauling Chair professor of chemistry and professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and the Director of the Moore Foundation's Center for Physical Biology. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and he was named the First United States Science Envoy to the Middle East.[2]


  • Grand Gold Medal, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovak Republic (2005)
  • Gold Medal (Highest Honor), Burgos University, Burgos, Spain (2004)
  • Arab American Award, National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan (2004)
  • Sir C.V. Raman Award, Kolkata, India (2002)
  • Distinguished American Service Award, ADC, Washington D.C. (2002)
  • G.M. Kosolapoff Award, The American Chemical Society (2002)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Pennsylvania (2002)
  • Honorary Medal, City of Monastir, from The Mayor, Tunisia (2000)
  • Honorary Medal, Universite Du Centre, Monastir, Tunisia (2000)
  • Médaille de l'Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (2000)
  • Medal of "La Sapienza" ("wisdom"), University of Rome (2000)
  • City of Pisa Medal, City Mayor, Pisa, Italy (2000)
  • Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement (2000)
  • Faye Robiner Award, Ross University School of Medicine, New York (2000)
  • Röntgen Prize, (100th Anniversary of the Discovery of X-rays), Germany (1999)
  • Merski Award, University of Nebraska (1999)
  • E.O. Lawrence Award, U.S. Government (1998)
  • Paul Karrer Gold Medal, University of Zürich, Switzerland (1998)
  • William H. Nichols Medal Award (1998)
  • Richard C. Tolman Medal Award (1998)
  • Linus Pauling Medal Award (1997)
  • First E.B. Wilson Award, American Chemical Society (1997)
  • Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award (1997)
  • Peking University Medal, PU President, Beijing, China (1996)
  • J.G. Kirkwood Medal, Yale University (1996)
  • National Academy of Sciences Award, Chemical Sciences, USA (1996)
  • Peter Debye Award, American Chemical Society (1996)
  • Collége de France Medal, France (1995)
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Award of Excellence, France (1995)
  • Herbert P. Broida Prize, American Physical Society (1995)
  • Bonner Chemiepreis, Germany (1994)
  • Medal of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Holland (1993)
  • Earle K. Plyler Prize, American Physical Society (1993)
  • Carl Zeiss International Award, Germany (1992)
  • Harrison Howe Award, American Chemical Society (1989
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow (1987)
  • Buck-Whitney Medal, American Chemical Society (1985)
  • National Science Foundation Award for especially creative research (1984; 1988; 1993)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Award for Senior United States Scientists (1983)
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1979-1985)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1978-1982)

Articles on the Web[edit]


  1. Ahmed Zewail - Facts Nobelprize.org. Accessed November 13, 2013.
  2. Ahmed Zewail California Institute of Technology. Accessed November 12, 2013.

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