NEW YORK: Former director general of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin was named as member of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) advisory board, the bulletin said Tuesday. Shihab-Eldin, who holds a PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, took charge of some other positions, including acting secretary general and director of Research at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), director at International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, director of UNESCO’s Regional Office for Science & Technology in Cairo, chief of Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), in addition to head of KFAS.
Speaking to KUNA in a statement, Shihab-Eldin expressed his pride for this post which is a gain of Kuwait and all Arab countries, saying he is the only Arab man named for this prestigious board founded in Chicago in 1945 by Scientist Albert Einstein. He added that the board includes the most outstanding scientists in the world that was emerged from the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists was organized in August 1946 to support the educational activities conducted by physicists. Besides, two other persons, Shihab El-Din was appointed to the board whose members provide consultations to the BAS in several fields, he noted. The current board includes 32 high-level members, including 15 Nobel laureates. – KUNA