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Over the past one year, the Nobel Laureate Program at King Saud University has been wildly attracting number of internationally renowned Nobel scientists and educators from the various disciplines of Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Economics.
The ambitious Nobel program was designed to bring the world's most influential scientific minds to the Kingdom, which will create invaluable opportunities for Saudi Arabia's top scientists and researchers to interaction and gain a deeper perspective in their fields. Through this program, King Saud University has taken a pioneering role in transforming the Kingdom's economy into a knowledge-based one.
Cooperation between KSU and Nobel Prize awardees is intended to increase strategic research partnerships with these influential academics and their affiliate scientific universities and institutions. In addition, the benefits of participating in scientific research with such individuals will inevitably benefit the University's postgraduate students and scientific lecturers as well . The university has signed agreements with 25 high-profile scientists in various scientific specializations, an arrangement that is enabling some 600 male and female lecturers at King Saud University to study abroad and, ultimately, to return to Riyadh as University staff.
Muhammad Yunus – An economist, entrepreneur and a key world leader in the struggle against poverty, Muhammad Yunus is one such notable who has cooperated with the University as a visiting professor. He founded the Bangladeshi Gramen Bank and was awarded the 2006 peace Nobel Peace Prize; in addition, he is internationally celebrated for providing countless people with a better standard of living through his development of the concept of microcredit, in which loans are given to people who are too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans.
Roy Glauber – This 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics winner cooperates with KSU in the field of Physics research. Dr. Glauber is an American theoretical physicist and professor of Physics at Harvard University. So important are his achievements that the Journal of Visualized Physics states that “The field of quantum optics rests on the work of Roy Glauber, who helped elucidate the nature of light as both particles and waves.” Dr. Glauber supervises physics postgraduate students, and offers invaluable support for the development of the Physics Department at King Saud University.
Theodor W. Hänsch - Professor Hänsch is a German professor of physics and a 2005 Nobelist for the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, which allows the determination of the color of the light of atoms and molecules with extreme precision. In the summer of 2009, he led a King Saud University workshop on nanotechnology research entitled “How to Make Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ View Real”.
Carl E. Wieman – In a collaborative study with King Saud University titled Measuring Students’ Beliefs about Physics in Saudi Arabia, 2001 Nobel Prize laureate for physics Professor Wieman has not only brought invaluable expertise to the Kingdom, but he and his Saudi colleagues have begun the process of understanding the attitudes and learning styles of Saudi Arabian students. He is a leading science researcher and educator in the field of Physics. His Nobel Prize work included the development of the concepts of “Bose-Einstein Condensation”, which has implications for lasers, energy storage and release, and understanding of the nature of atoms. He has founded the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at the University of British Columbia, a research organization that strives to improve undergraduate science education.
Ahmed Zewail – Dr. Zewail, a 1999 Nobel Prize laureate Professor of Chemical Physics and a professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology. The Egyptian-American professor was the third ethnic Egyptian to receive the Nobel Prize academic is also a member of President Barack Obama's Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He is the current director of the new Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, where his research focuses on technology designed to control outcomes of chemical reactions
Finn Kydland – A Norwegian economist and a Henley Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Kedland visited King Saud University in 2008, and spoke on various economic policies and their impact on the growth of nations, as well as a speech entitled The Dynamics of Macroeconomics: the Time Consistency of Economic Policy and the Driving Forces behind Business Cycles, which discussed the ideas that earned him his Nobel Prize.
James Joseph Heckman – Dr. Heckman is an American Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He is one of the leading international researchers in the field of Microeconometrics and Microdata. According to the University of Connecticut’s Department of Economics, he is the world’s 4th most influential economist. He has developed methods for resolving fundamental statistical problems in economic research, and the Heckman Correction is one of the most indispensable concepts in applied econometrics.
Richard Schrock – Dr. Schrock, who won a 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, signed a service agreement with King Saud University in 2008. His work in chemistry has gained him international fame. The Schrock Carbene, a type of organic molecule, bears his name, for example, and is an important facet in the synthesis of natural products and in the field of materials science. In Dr. Scrock’s 2008 visit to Riyadh, he noted that King Saud University is the “backbone of the university education process in Saudi Arabia”.
David Gross – A 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics winner, University of California Santa Barbara’s David J. Gross is an American particle physicist and string theorist. Upon awarding him and three other colleagues with this award, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said that they had “brought physics one step closer to fulfilling a grand dream, to formulate a unified theory comprising gravity as well - a theory for everything." In his 2008 visit to the King Saud University campus, he celebrated KSU’s ambitious programs designed to cultivate a strong tradition of innovative research and promotion throughout the University. He encouraged scientific departments to organize their goals and increase international collaboration in accordance with the University’s ambitious vision. In addition, he suggested that KSU form committees composed of specialists and experts, even offering to chair a committee for reviewing and evaluating the University’s Physics Department.