7 Muslims who contributed immeasurably to scientific advancement in 2018
- 22 January 2019
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Ever wondered who was behind those path-breaking scientific discoveries that helped us get through everyday life with ease or help us survive catastrophes? These are people who define innovation by relentlessly working to learn more about the world around us.
We introduce you to seven of these sharp minds from the Muslim community who contributed massively to the development of science in 2018. Read on to find out who these distinguished personalities are and get a peek into the most important chapters of their careers yet.
1. BURCIN MUTLU-PAKDIL
This Turkish astrophysicist discovered an extremely rare galaxy with a unique circular structure, and it’s now been named after her: Burcin’s Galaxy. She earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2017 and then started working as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona. As a TED Fellow, she held an interesting discussion on “How to Live Beyond Stereotypes” at a TED 2018 conference in Vancouver. In 2018, she was named one of the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World for her exceptional research findings and voluntary educational and mentoring activities.
2. NOHA HOSNY
Noha Hosny is an Egyptian scientist who works as an assistant lecturer at the Department of Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry, Assiut University. Since 2018, she has also been an honorary research assistant at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK, focusing on analytical chemistry, electrochemistry and environmental chemistry. Hosny has worked extensively on the analysis of certain drugs used in gout treatment and some non-sedating antihistamines. In recognition for her persistent efforts and valuable research, Hosny won the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award in 2018.
3. ABU ALI IBN SINA
The scientific inventions made by Bangladeshi immigrant Dr Abu Ali Ibn Sina have given the whole medical fraternity good cause to admire him. Dr Sina and his colleagues at the University of Queensland discovered a unique, quick, DNA-based method, perhaps the least invasive and quickest method so far, to detect the major types of cancers, including that of the breast, prostate and bowel. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology (AIBN), University of Queensland.
4. WITRI WAHYU LESTARI
This Indonesian scientist realised that sustainability is the need of the hour and decided to do something about it. According to Asian Scientist, her work revolves around designing novel catalysts for obtaining green diesel, a fuel produced from non-fossil renewable sources. Her efforts to marry science with sustainability have won her many awards, the most recent one being the 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World. Lestari attained her PhD in chemistry in 2014 at the University of Leipzig, Germany. She then returned to Indonesia to continue researching in the field of organometallic chemistry with an aim to develop alternative, eco-friendly energy sources.
5. MARWA BALAHA
Egyptian chemist and pharmacist Marwa Balaha is working with Italian chemistry laboratories to create compound cells that destroy carcinogenic cells in the human body. Her research to find a cure for cancer, especially lung cancer, won her the prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award in 2018. She has been associated with the University of Tanta and Kafr El Sheikh University for teaching.
6. SULTAN BIN BADER
Meet Sultan Bin Bader, the 17-year-old budding scientist who received the famous UAE Young Scientist Award at The National Science, Technology and Innovation (NSTI) Festival in 2018 for his “Emergency Robot.” This unique robot, as reported by Gulf News, can assist in firefighting, security, automatic premises cleaning, ambulance emergency cases, mobile phone charging and much more. The self-controlled robot has high-definition cameras installed and carries a first-aid kit too. Bin Bader, a student at Alrefah School, is elated by this recognition and says that he wants to use science for the betterment of people worldwide.
7. AMIRA EL-YAZBI
Amira El-Yazbi is an Egypt-based scientist who is currently research how DNA damage can cause life-threatening disorders such as cancer. Her work on finding cheap and effective methods for screening DNA damage also won her a L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science award in 2018. El-Yazbi is affiliated with Alexandria University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Department of Chemistry.
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