Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman (1942 – onwards)

– By NUST Science Society

Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman is a leading scientist and scholar in the field of organic chemistry from Pakistan, renowned for his research in various areas relating to natural product chemistry, with over 840 publications in the field of his expertise.

Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman was born on September 14th, 1942, in Dehli. He secured 2nd Position in B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry, followed by M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry from Karachi University. He  received his PhD from Kings College, Cambridge in 1968 and was subsequently awarded a Doctorate of Science by University of Cambridge in 1987, a Doctorate of Education by Coventry University in 2007, a Doctorate of Science by Bradford University in 2010, a Doctor of Philosophy by Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, in 2010, and honorary Doctor of Science by University of Technology MARA, Malaysia.

Prof. Rahman was elected as Fellow of Royal Society (London) in July 2006 and Honorary Life Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University, UK, in 2007. Prof. Rahman has been conferred the TWAS Prize for Institution Building in Durban, South Africa, in October 2009, in recognition for bringing about revolutionary changes in higher education sector in Pakistan. He had also been awarded “UNESCO Science Prize” (1999) and is the first Muslim scientist to have received this honor.

He is the President of Network of Academies of Sciences of Islamic Countries and the Vice-President of Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) Council. He remained the President of Pakistan Academy of Sciences from 2003 to 2006, and was again elected in January 2011.

He held the position of Federal Minister for Science and Technology from 2000 to 2002, Federal Minister of Education in 2002, and Chairman of the Higher Education Commission with the status of a Federal Minister from 2002 to 2008. Dr. Rahman is presently the Coordinator General of COMSTECH and the Patron of International Centre of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Karachi University.

Sketch by Syed Ayaz, NUST Science Society

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