Prof Atta honoured with international award

KARACHI: Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has awarded its most prestigious award for international cooperation to Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, former minster for science & technology and former chairman of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

The award was given away to the great scientist of Pakistan in a ceremony held in Beijing, China on January 10, 2014.

“This award has been announced in recognition of tremendous efforts made by Prof Atta-ur-Rahman in building strong collaborations with China in the field of science and technology.

It was due to his efforts that the President of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof Chunli Bai visited Pakistan for the first time in the history of Pakistan, along with a 15-member delegation of eminent scientists last year,” an official of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University said.

Due to the efforts of Prof Atta-ur-Rahman, a large number of collaborations have been initiated between Pakistan and China. A book entitled “The Wondrous World of Science” by Prof Atta-ur-Rahman has been translated into Chinese language and will be published for mass distribution in China in 2014.

Candidates selected for the award are those who have made outstanding contributions to promoting the establishment of strategic partnerships between foreign scientific institutions, universities, enterprises, or international academic organization with CAS,” he said. It is pertinent to mention here that Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman has 937 publications in several fields of organic chemistry including 713 research publications, 35 international patents, 124 books and 65 chapters in books published largely by major U.S. and European presses. He is the Editor-in-Chief of 12 European Chemistry journals and the Editor of “Studies in Natural Product Chemistry” 40 volumes of which have been published by Elsevier Science Publishers (Netherlands) under his Editorship during the last two decades.

Seventy nine students have completed their PhD degrees under his supervision. Successive governments of Pakistan have conferred four civil awards, including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1983, President General Ziaul Haq), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1991, Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (1998, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif), and the highest national civil award Nishan-i-Imtiaz (2002, President General Musharraf) on him.

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