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Ahmed Zewail
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Ahmed Zewail in 2009
Born
Ahmed Hassan Zewail

(1946-02-26)February 26, 1946
Damanhour, Egypt
Died August 2, 2016(2016-08-02) (aged 70)
Nationality Egyptian
American
Alma mater
Known for Femtochemistry
Awards
  • King Faisal International Prize (Saudi Arabia) (1989)
  • 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 (United States) (1998)
  • Paul Karrer Gold Medal (1998)
  • Tolman Award (1997)
  • Wolf Prize (Chemistry) (1993)
  • ForMemRS (2001)
  • Albert Einstein World Award of Science (2006)
  • Othmer Gold Medal (2009)
  • Priestley Medal (2011)
  • Davy Medal (2011)
Scientific career
Fields
Institutions
Thesis Optical and magnetic resonance spectra of triplet excitons and localized states in molecular crystals (1975)

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

Chemical reactions were once thought impossible to measure, because they 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.

Related pages

  • "Ahmed Zewail." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Biography in Context. Web. 29 May 2015.
  • "Zewail, Ahmed Hassan." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2015. Web.  29 May 2015.
  • "ZEWAIL - EGYPT SUPPORTS KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY." AllAfrica. 16 Mar. 2015 eLibrary. Web. 29 May. 2015.
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