Ahmed Zewail, 1946-2016

Ahmed Zewail, 1946-2016

St Catherine’s College was deeply saddened to hear that Professor Ahmed Zewail, Honorary Fellow, passed away on the 2nd of August at the age of 70.

The venerated scientist was born in Egypt and studied for his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at Alexandria University. Professor Zewail went on to complete his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA. Over the course of his long and celebrated career at Caltech, Professor Zewail received more than 100 Prizes, Awards and Orders of Merit from around the world. Most notably he was the sole recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1999, recognising his work in femtochemistry, as well as the recipient of the Order of the Grand Collar of the Nile, the highest state honour in Egypt.

Serving as US science envoy to the Middle East, Professor Zewail was an active political figure, as well as a scientist. In this way, he promoted scientific and educational collaborations between the US and the Middle East in an attempt to foster friendlier relations between the regions.

Professor Zewail first joined St Catherine’s in 1991 as the Christensen Visiting Fellow and Hinshelwood Lecturer. He was elected as an Honorary Fellow to the College in 2004 to reflect his outstanding contribution to Science.