CAIRO – Egypt has bid farewell on Sunday to scientist Ahmed Zewail, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, who was buried in Greater Cairo following a military funeral attended by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and senior state officials.
The funeral took place in the mosque Mushir Tantawi in the fifth settlement neighborhood and was broadcasted live on Egyptian television.
The funeral was also attended by Prime Minister Sherif Ismael, Defense Minister Sedqi Sobhi, and Al Azhar grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, among others, in addition to the family of the scientist.
The coffin, wrapped in the Egyptian flag, was carried on a horse-drawn carriage at the pace of military music.
Zewail’s body arrived in Cairo on Saturday from the United States, where he died at the age of 70 on Aug. 2.
Zewail was born in the Egyptian city of Damanhur in 1946, and acquired his university degree before travelling to the United States and earning his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Egyptian scientist won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopy.