<h2>The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has announced that Dr. Shaaban Khalil, founding director of the Center for Fundamental Physics at Zewail City of Science and Technology, has joined the Union.<\/h2>\r\nDr. Khalil was nominated by the National Committee for Astronomy and Space at the Scientific Research Academy, which is evaluated by <a href="https:\/\/www.iau.org\/">the International Astronomy Union<\/a> (IAU) committees.\r\n\r\nDr. Khalil received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Ain Shams University in 1988. In 1997 he completed his PHD in Philosophy degree in the elementary particle physics field at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Italy.\r\n\r\nHe is a professor at Ain Shams University and a Leverhulme visiting professor at the physics department of Southampton University in the United Kingdom. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in prestigious scientific journals.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_135393" align="aligncenter" width="959"]<img class="size-full wp-image-135393" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/07\/Screen_Shot_2018-04-19_at_3.35.48_PM_1.png" alt="Zewail City of Science and Technology" \/> Zewail City of Science and Technology[\/caption]\r\n\r\nHis research has been widely recognized and he has received several local and international awards. He obtained the Amin Lotfy Award in Physics in 1998, the Physics State Award for Encouragement in 2000, the Shoman Award for Arab Physicists in 2001.\r\n\r\nAlso, his awards include the Third World <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/zewail-city-el-serafy-joins-global-youth-academy-in-germany\/">Academy<\/a> of Sciences Award in Physics in 2003, the International award of Istanbul University in Science in 2004, the State Award for Excellence in Basic Science in 2006, and \u201cMisr El Kheir\u201d Award for Most Cited Researchers in 2010.\r\n\r\nIAU is an international association of professional astronomers. Its main objective is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation.\r\n\r\nIAU has many working groups such as the Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN), which maintains the astronomical naming conventions and planetary nomenclature for planetary bodies, and the Working Group on Star Names (WGSN), which catalogues and standardizes proper names for stars.\r\n\r\nIAU was founded on 28 July 1919, at the Constitutive Assembly of the International Research Council (now the International Science Council) held in Brussels, Belgium. Two subsidiaries of the IAU were also created at this assembly: the International Time Commission seated at the International Time Bureau in Paris and the International Central Bureau of Astronomical Telegrams in Copenhagen, Denmark.