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Ahmed Zewail
Ahmed Zewail in 2009
Born Ahmed Hassan Zewail
26 February 1946
Damanhour, Egypt
Died August 2, 2016(2016-08-02) (aged 70)
San Marino, California, United States
Nationality Egyptian, American
Fields Chemistry, physics
Institutions California Institute of Technology
Alma mater University of Alexandria, University of Pennsylvania
Known for Femtochemistry
Notable awards Peter Debye Award (1996)
E. Bright Wilson Award (1997)
Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1999)

Order of the Nile (1999)
E. O. Lawrence Award (1998)
The Franklin Medal (USA) (1998)
Paul Karrer Gold Medal (1998)
Tolman Award (1997)
Wolf Prize (Israel) (1993)
Albert Einstein World Award of Science (2006)
Othmer Gold Medal (2009)
Priestley Medal (USA) (2011)
Davy Medal (2011)

Ahmed Zewail (1946-2016) was an Egyptian chemist. He invented femtochemistry and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 1999. One femtosecond is 0.000000000000001 seconds.

Chemical reactions were once thought impossible to measure, because the happen in only a few femtoseconds. His Nobel award was for using laser technology to measure extremely fast chemical reactions. The laser technology showed how molecules changed during the reation. He was on the scientific advisory team for the President. Zewail encouraged basic Egyptian education and knowledge.


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