The Cairo Centre for Strategic Studies (CCSS) has announced that prominent Egyptian scientist Dr Salah Obayyah has won the first Ahmed Zewail Prize for Scientific Knowledge.
The prize is awarded to scientists, science historians, scientific writers, and those who make outstanding contributions to simplifying science and scientific culture. The annual award ceremony takes place on the anniversary of Egyptian scientist Ahmed Zewail’s birth on 26 February.
Obayyah is due to deliver a scientific lecture, on the occasion of winning the award, under the title ‘The Main Paths in the Contemporary Science of Chemistry’ at the CCSS headquarters in Garden City, Cairo.
In an announcement issued by the CCSS, Al-Ahram newspaper political writer and head of the centre Ahmed El-Meslmany said, "Dr Obayyah is a great Egyptian scientist and he is one of the pillars of Egyptian soft power who added to human knowledge and received international acclaim.”
“Dr Obayyah has always been highly respected by Dr Ahmed Zewail, and the centre considers choosing the great Egyptian scientist to win the first round of the Ahmed Zewail Prize as a dual honour... for both the winner and the award."
Obayyah graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Mansoura University in 1991, and obtained his doctorate in 1999.
In 2015, he obtained a postgraduate PhD in Photons from City University, London.
Obayyah became Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering, Brunel University, London in 2003. In 2008, he became Full Chair Professor of Photonics at Glamorgan University, United Kingdom.
The Egyptian scientist has published more than 130 scientific papers. He is the author of the book Computer Photons, which was published by Wiley Press in New York.
In 2012, Obayyah became vice president of the Ahmed Zewail Academy of Science and Technology, and in 2019 UNESCO announced that he had obtained the Chair Professor degree.
The Egyptian scientist has received many prestigious awards.
In February 2020, Scientific American website said Obayyah led the team that developed one of the best comprehensive digital packages in the world for the analysis and design of optical nano devices.