Coordinator General, COMSTECH (OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation); Former Minister of Science and Technology, Pakistan
Dr Atta-ur-Rahman obtained his Ph.D. from Cambridge University (1968) and was later honored as a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.). He has been widely published in several fields of organic chemistry, with some 480 research publications, 15 patents, 93 books, and 59 chapters in books published by major US and European presses to his name.
He is the first scientist from the Muslim world to have won the prestigious UNESCO Science Prize (1999). The Government of Pakistan has conferred four civil awards on him, including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1983), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1991), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (1998) and the highest national civil award Nishan-i-Imtiaz (2002). He was elected a Fellow of Royal Society (London) in July 2006. Dr Atta-ur-Rahman was the Federal Minister for Science and Technology of Pakistan and Federal Minister/Chairman of the Higher Education Commission. He is now the Coordinator General of COMSTECH, an OIC Ministerial Committee. Dr Atta-ur-Rahman is also the President of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and the Network of Academies of Sciences of Islamic Countries (NASIC).