Rahman is Co-Chair of the UN Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Rahman studied Chemistry at the University of Karachi in Pakistan, before completing his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge in England. He later completed his Sc.D. at Cambridge, a “higher doctorate” awarded in many countries for research even beyond the Ph.D.
Rahman specializes in organic chemistry, a subfield of chemistry dedicated to investigating organic or carbon-based molecules. He is widely recognized as an expert in natural product chemistry, the branch of organic chemistry which studies chemical compounds produced by living organisms.
Rahman in rise role as Co-Chair at the UN and during his long career as a chemist has been effective at helping developing countries embrace science and education. He is the first Muslim to receive the UNESCO Science Prize (1999). In addition, he is the author of 1,142 publications in various fields of organic chemistry, along with fully 43 international patents! He is also Editor in Chief of Current Medicinal Chemistry and Current Organic Chemistry, both peer-reviewed journals. In 2006, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.
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Atta-ur-Rahman , is a Pakistani organic chemist and is currently serving as Professor Emeritus at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Karachi and as Chairman of PM Task Force on Science and Technology. He is also the President of the Network of Academies of Sciences in Cointries of the Organisation of Islamic Countries . After obtaining his PhD in organic Chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 1968, Atta-ur-Rahman was elected as a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge in 1969 and carried on research there till 1973. During that period, he is credited with correcting the earlier work of the Nobel Laureate Sir Robert Robinson on the chemistry of harmaline. After returning to Pakistan, he contributed to the development of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Karachi. The Atta-ur-Rahman Institute for Natural Product Discovery in Malaysia and the Academician Professor Atta-ur-Rahman One Belt and One Road TCM Research Center were named after Rahman, as well as the Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences at the National University of Sciences & Technology and the Atta-ur-Rahman Laboratories, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Karachi .
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