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Speaker Biography

Prof Dr Atta Ur-Rahman

Prof Dr Atta Ur-Rahman
Professor Atta-ur-Rahman obtained his PhD in organic chemistry from Cambridge University (1968).

In 1999 he became the first scientist from the Muslim world to win the prestigious UNESCO Science Prize in the 35-year history of the prize.

Professor Rahman has been conferred honorary doctorate degrees by many universities including the degree of Doctor of Science (ScD) by Cambridge University and elected Honorary Life Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University, in 2007.

He is President of Network of Academies of Sciences of Islamic Countries (NASIC) and the Vice-President (Central and South Asia) of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) Council, and Foreign Fellow of Korean Academy of Sciences.

Professor Atta-ur-Rahman is presently the Co-ordinator General of COMSTECH, an Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) Ministerial Committee comprising the 57 Ministers of Science and Technology from 57 OIC member countries. He is also the Patron of International Centre of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Karachi University.