On Friday 27. January 2012 at 16.00 in The Lundsgaard Auditorium at The University of Copenhagen, the 1999 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Ahmed Zewail gave the lecture "The Nobel Prize and Shaping the Future" where he talked about his road leading to and life after the Nobel Prize.
Henrik Stapelfeldt, Professor, DSc, Department of Chemistry and Søren Rud Keiding, Professor, DSc, Aarhus School of Engineering, University of Aarhus wrote about the laureate:
Ahmed Zewail received the Nobel Prize in 1999 for his fundamental work in the field of Femtochemistry, a field he has developed. When a chemical reaction takes place, chemical bonds are being formed and broken and new molecules are formed. The formation of new chemical bonds takes place very fast and Ahmed Zewail developed new techniques based on laser technology which provides fundamental insight to the formation of chemical bonds.
Ahmed Zewail was born in Egypt in 1946 and educated in Alexandria, before he went to the United States and received his Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania in 1974. The last 20 years he has been the Linus Pauling Chair professor of chemistry and professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Ahmed Zewail has been very involved in the political development of his home country Egypt and he is still a very active scientist. The last couple of years he has combined electron microscopy with laser technology in order to study biological molecules and their function.
For more information, please see: www.zewail.caltech.edu