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Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian chemist Ahmed Zewail passes away

The Egyptian-born Nobel-winning scientist Ahmed Zewail passed away in the United States. He was 70.

Mr Zewail had won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1999 for his pioneering work in femtochemistry. He is the first Arab Scientist to win the Nobel Prize.

About Ahmed Zewail

  • Born on 26 February 1946 in Damanhur, Egypt.
  • He is famously known as the father of femtochemistry and was Science Advisor to US President Barack Obama.
  • He had received a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Master of Science (MSc) degrees in Chemistry from Alexandria University. He had completed his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • He was appointed as faculty at the California Institute of Technology in 1976. He became a naturalized citizen of US in 1982.
  • In 2013, he had joined the United Nations Scientific Advisory Board. He was prolific writer and had authored about 600 scientific articles and 16 books.
  • Awards and Honours: Egypt’s Order of the Grand Collar of the Nile, Wolf Prize in Chemistry (1993), Othmer Gold Medal (2009), Priestley Medal from the American Chemical Society.He was elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 2001

Femtochemistry: It is the area of physical chemistry that studies chemical reactions on extremely short timescales, approximately 10−15 seconds (one femtosecond).


Nour El Sherbini becomes youngest World Squash Champion

Egyptian professional squash player Nour El Sherbini (20) has become the youngest ever Women’s squash World champion.

She won the 2015 Naza PSA Women’s World Championship held at Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by defeating Laura Massaro of England.

In the final match she defeated Laura Massaro by score of 6-11, 4-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8. With this, she broke previous record set by Susan Devoy of New Zealand, who won the title in 1985 at the age of 21.


Saudi Arabia and Egypt to build bridge over the Red Sea

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have decided to build bridge connecting each other over the Red Sea to boost trade and commerce.

In this regard, Saudi Arabi has announced that an agreement has been reached with Egypt.

The announcement was made by Saudi Arabia’s king Salman during his official state visit to Egypt. However it was not mentioned where the bridge would be built.

Key facts

  • It is postulated that the joint bridge planned over the Red Sea at the entrance of the Gulf of Aqaba.
  • It will be located at the closest point near Nabq, north of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt and Ras Alsheikh Hamid in Saudi Arabia where two countries are 16km apart.
  • The project has been in the pipeline for several years to connect the two countries from Africa and Asia continents.
  • In that plan, the causeway bridge would pass through Saudi Arabia’s Tiran Island, which would serve as a connection between the two countries and continents.