Dr. Nidhal Guessoum
Professor of Physics, American University of Sharja, United Arab Emirates

Algerian astrophysicist with Ph.D. (and M.Sc.) from the University of California at San Diego (USA). He spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher and later, extended periods of time as a visiting scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He has also had long on-going collaborations with various institutions, particularly in France, resulting in many papers, mostly in gamma-ray astrophysics. He is currently Professor and Interim Head of Physics at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. In addition to his technical papers, he has published many articles on issues related to science, education, the Arab world, and Islam, and he has authored or co-authored several books, including The Story of the Universe – from primitive conceptions to the Big Bang (in Arabic, 4 editions) and Islam’s Quantum Question – reconciling Muslim tradition and modern science (IB Tauris, 2011). He also writes regularly on the above subjects for Gulf News, The Huffington Post, Nature Middle East, and other venues. He was recently featured in a full-page article in Science (July 2011).