A remembrance of ahmed zewail

Chad A. Mirkin*

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Although Ahmed Zewail and I were not close friends in the social sense of the term, we had a tremendous mutual respect for one another and became close colleagues while serving on PCAST, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, during the Obama Administration. Prior to that, I had never met Ahmed but knew of his extraordinary accomplishments and stature through the scientific literature and lore. I entered my first term of service on PCAST with Ahmed in the spring of 2009, and to be honest, I did not know what to expect (see Figure 11.1). The hard-driving, Nobel-Prize-winning scientist from Caltech had a reputation, among some, as someone with strong, unwavering opinions, and I was concerned it might be challenging to work with him. I could not have been more wrong….

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPersonal And Scientific Reminiscences
Subtitle of host publicationTributes To Ahmed Zewail
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781786344366
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Arts and Humanities


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