Dr. Farouk El-Baz, a worldwide famed Egyptian geologist and senior researcher at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA), has tweeted that he will become at 82- year old by the first of January.
He thanks Allah for reaching that age and achieving hopes of his wife, four daughters, brothers, sisters, pupils, and colleagues.
He announced that he sponsors an annual prize donated to the distinguished students of the Faculty of Sciences at Ain Shams University.
A male and female students will get that prize which will be granted in the last week of September every year.
Dr. El -Baz met with students and professors of the faculty.
He said that he graduated from that faculty decades earlier so he expressed gratitude to it.
He pointed out that the university certificate means that he becomes able to learn by himself.
He urged students to continue learning because Egypt progresses only by science only and the efforts of her sons and daughters.
Dr. El-Baz and Dr. Mohamed Raga, Dean of Faculty of Sciences at Ain Shams University, honored a host of professors and distinguished students from all departments of the faculty.
Dr. Mohamed Montaser, Deputy of the faculty for higher studies and research attended the ceremony.
Dr. Farouk El-Baz is Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Research Professor at the Departments of Archaeology and Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Associated Faculty at the Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University, Boston, MA, U.S.A. He also serves as faculty advisor to two Boston University student organizations: the “1001 Wells for Darfur,” and the “Egyptian Club.”
He was born on 2 January 1938 in the Nile Delta town of Zagazig. Twenty years later, he received a B.S. in chemistry and geology from Ain Shams University. In 1961, he received an M.S. degree in geology from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Rolla, MO; his performance won him membership in the honorary scientific societies of Sigma Xi and Sigma Gamma Epsilon. In 1964 he received a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Missouri-Columbia after conducting research in 1962-1963 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MA.
In recognition of his professional standing, he received the following honorary degrees: Doctor of Science from the New England College, Henniker, NH (1989); Professional Degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla (2002); Doctor of Philosophy from Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt (2003); Doctor of Laws from the American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt (2004); Doctor of Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla – now the Missouri University of Science and Technology, MUST (2004); Doctor of Humane Letters from the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon (2009).