WEB DESK: The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), in its Annual General Conference held in Vienna Austria on 20th November, awarded TWAS Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman Prize in Chemistry to Prof. Mirabbos Hojamberdiev from Uzbikistan.
An official of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi (UoK) said that the “TWAS Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman Prize in Chemistry” was awarded to Prof. Mirabbos Hojamberdiev of Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent, Uzbikistan by TWAS in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of nanotechnology.
He said, “The Prize was instituted by TWAS 5 years ago to honour the world famous scientist Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman and is given each year to a leading young scientist in the field of chemistry from the developing world. The $6000 Prize carries a cash award and a certificate. Prof. Mirabbos Hojamberdiev will deliver the “Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman Award Lecture” on 21st November at the headquarters of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, the former Federal Minister of Science & Technology, is presently in Vienna to give away the Prize and to deliver the opening remarks at the Prize Lecture. TWAS has its Headquarters in Trieste Italy and the organization was established by the Pakistani Nobel laureate Prof. Abdus Salam with assistance from the Italian Government.”
It is pertinent to mention here that Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, who also headed the higher education commission Pakistan as chairman, has received world-wide recognition for his contributions to science. He received the highest civil award of the Government of Austria in 2007 (“Grosse Goldene Ehrenzeischen am Bande”), and also the highest Award of the Chinese Government conferred by the Prime Minister of China on the National Day of China on 28th September 2014 (“the Friendship Award”).
The King of Malaysia had conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree on Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman and announced the establishment of a chemistry research institute in the name of Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman in Malaysia in 2011. This Institute has now been established under the name of “Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman Research Institute of Natural Product Discovery” at the largest University of Malaysia, the University of Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and is fully operational.
Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman is the only scientist from the Muslim World to have won the UNESCO Science Prize (Budapest 1999). He has 1003 publications in several fields of organic chemistry including 724 research publications, 37 international patents, 68 chapters in books and, 174 books published largely by major U.S. and European presses.