Prof Nidhal Guessoum
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
American University of Sharjah
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Nidhal Guessoum is an astrophysicist; he graduated from the University of California at San Diego (USA), spent extended periods of time as a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and has had on-going collaborations with various institutions, particularly in France, resulting in many papers, mostly in gamma-ray astrophysics. He is currently Professor and Interim Head of Physics at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. In addition to his technical papers, Prof. Guessoum has published many articles on issues related to science, education, the Arab world, and Islam, and authored or co-authored several books, including: The Story of the Universe – from primitive conceptions to the Big Bang (in Arabic, 4 editions) and Islam’s Quantum Question – reconciling Muslim tradition and modern science (IB Tauris, 2011).
He is also a columnist (at Gulf News, The Huffington Post, and for Nature Middle East) and a blogger. He was recently featured in a full-page article in Science (July 29, 2011). Prof. Guessoum has lectured at many renowned universities (Cambridge, Oxford, Cornell, Wisconsin) and has appeared in various international media, including Al-Jazeera, BBC, NPR, France 2, Le Monde, etc.