An elected Fellow of the Islamic Academy of Sciences since 1988, Prof. Rahman obtained his BSc in Chemistry from Karachi University in 1963, MSc in Organic Chemistry, Karachi University (1967) and PhD in Organic Chemistry from Cambridge University (UK) in 1968. Cambridge University awarded him a doctor of science (ScD) in 1987.
Prof. Rahman started out as a Lecturer at Karachi University (1964), Assistant Professor (1969), Associate Professor (1974) and became Professor at the same university in 1981.
He is an internationally known scientist who is known for his contribution to the establishment of one of the renowned Pakistani centres of natural product chemistry (HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry), where he has been Director since 1990.
Furthermore, Prof. Rahman has over 488 publications and 9 patents to his credit comprising 52 books published by major US and European Publishers as well as 59 Chapters in books and in leading international journals in several fields of organic chemistry. He was ranked top scientist of Pakistan in the discipline of Chemistry in 1999, based on the evaluation of his published works.
Prof. Rahman is Editor of 5 European science journals. He was appointed as one of two Editors-in-Chief of Natural Product Letters, published in Switzerland. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of Current Medicinal Chemistry, an international journal published in the Netherlands. He is Executive Editor of Current Pharmaceutical Design, Netherlands, Editor of Current Organic Chemistry, Netherlands and Executive Editor of Combinatorial and High Throughput Screening, Netherlands.
He was the first recipient of the award of Scientist of the Year (for 1985) conferred by the Government of Pakistan in 1987, and was awarded the Islamic Organisation Prize on behalf of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science in 1987. He has also received the First Khwarazmi Prize, Iran (1993), and the Award of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, Japan (1997). Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman has been awarded the UNESCO Science Prize (1999).
He has won three Civil Awards (Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) and was also the President of the Chemical Society of Pakistan.
Apart from being a Fellow of the IAS (1988), Prof. Rahman is also a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences and a member of the American Chemical Society. He is also Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London (1981), Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1982).
He was appointed Co-ordinator General, COMSTECH, in 1996.
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