Pakistan Academy of Sciences

Promoting Science, Technology and Innovation for Socio-economic development

Atta ur Rahman

Atta ur Rahman
Current Position President, Network of Academy of Sciences in Countries of Organizations of Islamic Conferences, Islamabad Phone No. 021-34824 924-5
Born in Delhi, British India in 22/09/1942 Year Elected 1982
Email [email protected]
University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan: B.Sc. (Hons) (Chemistry), 1963, M.Sc. (Organic Chemistry), 1964; Cambridge University, UK: Ph.D. (Chemistry), 1968, Sc.D. 1987 (Cantab); Honorary D.Sc./Ph.D.: Sir Syed University of Engineering, 2003; Gomal University, 2004; University of Karachi, 2005; D.Sc., Bradford University, UK, 2010; Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 2010; University of Technology, Malaysia, 2011; Dr. Edn, Coventry University, UK, 2007.
Positions Held
HEC Distinguished National Professor (2011); Prof. Emeritus, University of Karachi (2011); Patron-in-Chief, International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi (2008); President, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (2003-2006, 2011-2014); Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) (Federal Minister) (2002-2008); Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Govt. of Pakistan (1999-2002); Federal Minister (incharge) of Education (2002); Coordinator General, Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC), Ministerial Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) (1996-2012); Director, H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi (1990-2008); Vice-President, Academy of Sciences for Developing World (TWAS) (2010 to date); President, The Network of Academies of Science in Countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference (NASIC) (2004 to date); Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Federal Minister (in-charge), Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of Pakistan (2003-2004); Professor, University of Karachi (1981-2011); Co-Director, H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry (1977-1980); Associate Professor (1974-1981); Assistant Professor (1969-1974); Lecturer (1964-1969); Visiting Fellow, German Academy Exchange Service (DAAD), University of Tubingen, Germany (1979), Consultant, Asia Education Forum (2015-2020), Chairman, Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science and Technology (2019-to date), Vice Chairman, Prime Minister’s National Task Force on Knowledge Economy (2018 to date), and Co-Chair, Prime Minister’s Task Force on Information Technology (2018 to date), Member Syndicate, University of Karachi (2018-2021), Chairman of UN ESCAP Committee on Science Technology & Innovation March (2016), Foreign Fellow of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2015), “Adjunct Distinguished Professor’, University Petra, Jordan in recognition of meritorious scientific research, as eminent scholar in the field of Organic Chemistry November (2015), Honorary Professor of Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, November (2017), Chairman of the Pakistan Advisory Board and Member of the International Advisory Board of the Children’s Foundation, May 24, (2017), and Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences 2017.
Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman was conferred the highest scientific award of China “International Cooperation Award on Science and Technology” by the President of China on 10th January (2020), 7th Achievement Award on Science and Technology by FPCCI (2019), Award Entitled, “Sandberg Medal for Excellence in Research”, was conferred in recognition of long-life contribution in the field of Natural Product Chemistry in 14th December (2018) , Friendship Award of China, China (2014), International Cooperation Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS, China (2014), Einstein Professorship by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2013); ENGRO Excellence Award (2011); TWAS Prize for Building Scientific Institutions (2009); A High Civil Award “ Grosse Goldene Ehrenzeischen am Bande”, Austrian Government (2007); Gold Medal of the Scientific Partnership Charitable Foundation, Inter Bio Screen Ltd., Moscow, Russia, (2004); ISESCO Chemistry Award (2001); Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Prize 2000 by the President of Iran and a Cash Award of USD 7,500/-; UNESCO Science Prize (Budapest, Hungary) (1999); Govt. of Pakistan civil awards: Nishan-i-Imtiaz (2002); Hilal-i-Imtiaz (1997); Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1991); Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1983); Award of Federation of Asian Chemical Society, Japan (1997); Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Gold Medal, Pakistan Intellectual Forum (1995); Babai-Urdu Award, Baba-i-Urdu Research Center, Karachi (1994); Gold Medal, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1977, 1984,1996); First Khwarizmi Prize, Govt. of Iran (1993); Islamic Organization Prize, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (1988); Scientist of the Year Award and Prize of Rs. 0.2 million, Govt. of Pakistan (1987); FPCCI Prize for Technology Innovation, Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (1985); Gold Medal, Govt. of Kuwait, First World Conference on Islamic Medicine (1980); First Prize for a book on Spectroscopy, Pakistan National Book Council.
Fellowships / Memberships
Fellow: Royal Society (London, UK), 2006; (Don) Kings College, Cambridge University, 1969-1973; Royal Society of Chemistry, London, 1981; The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), 1985; Islamic World Academy of Sciences, 1988; Foreign Fellow, Korean Academy of Sciences, 2004; Life Time Honorary Fellow, Kings College, Cambridge University, 2007; Vice President (Central & South Asia), TWAS Council, 2009-2012; Honorary Member, Bilim Akademisi, Turkey, 2012; Member, International Advisory Board, ELLTA Conference, 2012; Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Teknologi Mara, Malaysia, 2012; Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, Sri Lanka (2014); Member of the Board of Governors of Sir Syed University of Engineering June (2014); Member of the Resource and Advisory committee of Anjuman Urdu Tartaqqi Pakistan (2014); Member Board of Governors of Zia –uddin – University, Karachi (2014); Chairman, International Organizing Committee Eurasia (2014); Senior Member “101 Friend of China”, A mega strategic think tank of Pakistan (February, 2015); Member Global Advisory Board of “World Academy of Chemistry” 55/11, Krishna Nagar, Hojai-782435, India (April, 2015); Chairman Standing Committee on Science and Technology of FPCCI (2015); President, Karachi School of Business and Learning (KSBL) 2015. Member, Senior Advisory Council of the International Organization for Chemical Sciences in Development (IOCD), 2013; Chairman, Standing Committee on Higher Education Science and Technology of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, 2014; Chairman, Standing Committee on Higher Education of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, 2013; UNIDO Expert on Panel of Medicinal Plants, 1984; WHO Expert on Vector Biology and Control, 1983; Chairman, National Committee for South and Central Asian Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, UNESCO, 1982-1985; President, Chemical Society of Pakistan, 1992; Vice President, Pakistan Academy of Sciences, 1997-2001; Scientific Advisor to CIBA Foundation, London, 1995; Member, National Commission for Science and Technology, 1985 to date; Member, Steering Committee for Establishment of Chemistry Center in Trieste, Italy; Editorial Board Member: Journal of Islamic Sciences, Turkey, 1991; Khimiya Prirodnynkh Soedinchii, 1992; Spectroscopy, 1996; Journal of Asian Natural Products Research, 1998; Fitoterapia, 1999; Member Advisory Board, Journal of Pharmacy of Istanbul University, Turkey, 1998; Member: American Chemical Society; American Society of Pharmacognosy; Swiss Chemical Society; New York Academy of Sciences; Russian Academy of Sciences; Academy of Natural Sciences; Republic of Uzbekistan; Founding Editor-in-Chief/Executive Editor/Editor of 8 European Chemistry journals, national/international journals and Editor of “Studies in Natural Product Chemistry”, Elsevier, Netherlands.
Research Area
Organic Chemistry and Phytochemistry with emphasis on Novel Natural Products / Clinical Applications, Modern NMR Spectroscopy.
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