BEIJING: Famous Pakistani scientist and former chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman has been awarded the ‘China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award’, the highest award of China.
The award was conferred upon Atta-ur-Rehman by Chinese President Xi Jinping at The Great Peoples Hall in Beijing on Jan 10. He has been given the award for his contributions in the field of organic chemistry, genetics, agricultural sciences and other emerging areas.
Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman is the most decorated scientist of Pakistan having won four civil awards including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Hilal-i-Imtiaz and the highest national award Nishan-i-Imtiaz.
He obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Cambridge University in 1968. He has 1250 publications in several fields of organic chemistry including 775 research publications, 45 international patents, 69 chapters in books and 341 books published largely by major U.S. and European presses.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of eight European Chemistry journals and is editor of the world’s leading encyclopedic series of volumes on natural products “Studies in Natural Product Chemistry” 62 volumes of which have been published under his editorship during the last two decades.
As many as 82 students have completed their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision. He has also been awarded various national and international awards in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of science and technology.
Ten foreign and two Chinese experts won the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award on Jan 10.