Release Date: July 22, 2009
ASU Science Lectureship to Feature Nobel Prize Winner
Dr. Ahmed Zewail, the 1999 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, will be the featured speaker for the 34th annual West Texas Medical Associates (WTMA) Distinguished Lectureship in Science Honoring Dr. Roy E. Moon March 10-11 at Angelo State University.
A native of Egypt, Zewail won the Nobel Prize for his pioneering developments that made it possible to observe atoms in motion and the transition states of molecular transformations. His work created the discipline of femtochemistry, which is concerned with molecular reactivity on the femtosecond (one quadrillionth of a second) time scale.
Currently the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and a professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Zewail is also director of Caltech’s Physical Biology Center for Ultrafast Science and Technology. His research group developed four-dimensional (4-D) ultrafast electron microscopy, a new development for direct visualization of matter in both space and time. The primary goal of the research is to understand the complexity of materials and biological function.
Dr. Linus Pauling, who Zewail’s Caltech professorship was named for, also addressed the ASU lectureship in 1979.
The author of 13 books on various aspects of his research, Zewail has published more than 500 articles with a research family of more than 250 members, most of who are in leading academic, governmental and industrial positions across the globe. His biography, Voyage Through Time – Walks of Life of the Nobel Prize, has been published in 17 languages and editions.
In addition to the Nobel Prize, his many honors and awards include the Albert Einstein World Award, Benjamin Franklin Medal, Leonardo da Vinci Award and the Grand Collar of the Nile, Egypt’s highest state honor. He has also been pictured on Egyptian postage stamps. His elected memberships in numerous worldwide science societies include the National Academy of Science, American Philosophical Society and American Academy of Achievement, among others in the U.S.
Zewail received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Alexandria University in Egypt. He earned a Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Pennsylvania and completed an IBM post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California-Berkeley. He and his wife, Dr. Dema Faham, have four children, Maha, Amani, Nabeel and Hani.