Despite time and space difference between them, Scientists “Isaac Newton” (British) and “Ali Mustafa Musharrafa” (Egyptian) still had something in common. The love for science was what both of them had.. In particular, both had big love for Physics, and both had done so much to humanity in accordance.
Recently , a fund was established under their names “Newton- Musharrafa”, involving both Egypt and Britain to achieve progress in science and innovation by searching for new potential scientists.
Newton (1642-1727) was mathematician, astronomer, theologian, author and physicist. he was widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time, and a key figure in the scientific revolution. He mastered the theory of gravity.
Ali Mustafa Musharrafa (1898-1950) had conducted Ph.D and D.Sc. in London University. He was a theoretical physicist that taught applied mathematics in the Faculty of Science at Cairo University, and he contributed to the development of the quantum theory as well as the theory of relativity.
Egypt and Britain launched the fund under both scientists’ names in 2014, honoring their role in serving the humanity through their scientific researches and discoveries. The value of the fund is 50 million pounds and it provides the financial needs for the scientific research projects in the fields of economic development and social services with the cooperation and support of the ‘Science and Technology Development Fund’ (STDF) in Egypt.
The fields of interests are in particular: the sustainable management of water, renewable energy, sustainable food production, antiques and cultural heritage, affordable comprehensive health care.
The fund, accordingly, is representing a long term partnership in science and innovation between Egypt and Britain.
This year, the fund offered 44 Ph.D scholarships in British universities. A distinguished group of candidates were received recently by British Ambassador John Casson, including 23 female students. The scholarships enable one year of scientific researching in a british university for those already enrolled in a Ph.D program in Egypt, and 3 years of complete studying for those who would be enrolled in a british university.
The group combines students from different universities, Cairo, Ain Shams, Suhag, ElMansoura, Bor Saied, Suez, and upper Egypt universities.