Former Executive Director, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS); President, African Academy of Sciences, Italy
Mohamed Hassan is currently head of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), but is retiring in 2011 after 25 years of dedicated service. He is also president of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). He serves as secretary general of the Third World Network of Scientific Organizations. One of Africa’s most distinguished scientists, Hassan was born in the Sudan and holds a Ph.D. degree in plasma physics from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom (1974).
A former professor and dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Khartoum, he received the order of scientific merit of Brazil and the order of merit of Italy. He is a fellow of TWAS, AAS, and the Islamic Academy of Science; honorary member of the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical, and Natural Sciences and the Palestine Academy of Science and Technology; corresponding member of the Belgian Royal Overseas Academy of Sciences; and foreign fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. His research areas include theoretical plasma physics, physics of wind erosion, and sand transport. Hassan has been a key player in introducing research on climate issues, especially how climate affects the lives of the most underserved populations.