The Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation Board of Trustees
Dr Ahmed Zewail
Founder and Board member

Dr Ahmed Zewail is an Egyptian scientist, known as the "father of femtochemistry", he won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on femtochemistry and became the first Egyptian scientist who won Nobel Prize in a scientific field. He is the Linus Pauling Chair Professor Chemistry, Professor of Physics and the director of the Physical Biology Centre for the Ultrafast Science and Technology (UST) at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr Zewail received a number of prizes for his prominent work in the field of chemistry; he has the recipient of the Order of Merit First Class and the Order of the Nile which is considered the highest Egypt’s highest state of honor.

Dr Zewail received a bachelor's and an MS degree from the University of Alexandria before moving from Egypt to the United States to complete his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania with advisor Robin Hochstrasser. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley with advisor Charles B. Harris