Body of Ahmed Zewail arrives in Cairo ahead of planned military funeral

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Aug 2016

A military funeral will be held for the globally renowned Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail, who died in the United States on Tuesday at the age of 70

Ahmed Zewail
Egyptian-American Nobel chemistry laureate Ahmed Zewail (Photo: AP)

The body of Egyptian chemist and Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail arrived in Cairo on Saturday ahead of a military funeral planned for the next day.

Zewail died in the United States on Tuesday at the age of 70.

Although military funerals are usually held for military personnel, Zewail received the Order of the Grand Collar of the Nile – the highest Egyptian state honour – making him eligible for the distinction.

Despite living in the US at the time of his death, Zuwail had expressed his wish to be buried in Egypt.

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