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The Egyptian Einstein: Remembering Theoretical Physicist Ali Moustafa Mosharafa

July 17, 2023

“I can not believe that Mosharafa is dead, he is alive through his research. We are in need of his talents, it is a great loss, and he was a genius. I used to follow up his research in atomic energy, he is definitely one of the best scientists in physics,” once said Einstein in his eulogy of Moustafa Mosharafa. To be mourned by Albert Einstein, one of the most influential scientists of all time, is a testament to a life well-lived: such is the case of Egyptian theoretical physicist Ali Moustafa Mosharafa. Mosharafa contributed widely to the development of quantum theory and the theory of relativity — key areas in theoretical physics. During the 1920s-1930s, he published 25 papers in various scientific journals about quantum theory, the theory of relativity, and the relation between radiation and matter. Regarded as one of the greatest Egyptian scientists in history, his lifelong achievements and contributions to his field left a legacy still alive to this day. Born in 1898 in Damietta, Mosharafa obtained his primary certificate in 1910 – earning the highest grade nationwide — and was awarded his Baccalaureate at the…

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