Ahmed H. Zewail

Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics
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B.S., Alexandria University, 1967; M.S., 1969; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1974. D.Sc.h.c., American University of Cairo; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; University of Pennsylvania; University of Lausanne; University of New Brunswick; Jadavpur University (India); Heriot-Watt University; Bogazici University; Ecole Normale Superieure; University of Oxford; University of Dublin; University of Cambridge; D.h.c., University of Rome; University of Liege; D.Univ.h.c.; Swinburne University of Technology (Australia); Peking University; Tohoku University; University of Buenos Aires; Babes-Bolyai University; D.Phil.h.c., Alexandria University; Lund University; D.H.L., American University of Beirut; LL.D.h.c., Concordia University (Canada); M.D.h.c., Pusan National University (Korea). Assistant Professor, Caltech, 1976-78; Associate Professor, 1978-82; Professor, 1982-89; Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Physics, 1990-97; Professor of Physics, 1995-; Pauling Professor, 1997-2016.

Research Interests

Laser and diffraction techniques; laser chemistry and spectroscopy

Dual Affiliation with Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy

Research in the Zewail group is devoted to structural dynamics in chemistry and biology with focus on the physics of elementary processes in complex systems. At the Center for Physical Biology, the main research is in the development of four-dimensional (4D) ultrafast electron microscopy and diffraction for atomic-scale visualization in space and time. Together with spectroscopy and large-scale computations, the goal is to understand complexity and nature of physical, chemical and biological transformations.

A significant effort is also devoted to giving public lectures to enhance awareness of the value of knowledge gained from fundamental research, and helping the population of developing countries through the promotion of science and technology for the betterment of society.