Prof Iqbal Choudhary appointed as UNESCO Chairholder


KARACHI – Renowned Pakistani scientist and Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary has been appointed UNESCO Chairholder of the newly established UNESCO Chair on Medicinal and Bio-Organic Natural Product Chemistry.

ICCBS Spokesman said on Friday that this appointment was approved by the Director General UNESCO in Paris.

The spokesman said that this is the first international UNESCO Chair in the University of Karachi, and only the 4th in the entire country, adding that this would help Pakistan become a center of excellence in this important area of research, especially to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UNESCO Chair is a huge honor for Pakistan and is a recognition of Prof. Choudhary’s work in the research and development of medicinal and bioorganic natural product chemistry. As a chairholder, Prof. Choudhary will promote research, training, information, and documentation on natural medicinal and bio-organic product chemistry.

Prof. Choudhary is also serving COMSTECH as Coordinator General. He is among the most prominent scientists of Pakistan, recognized for his original contributions in the fields of natural products and bioorganic chemistry.

Prof. Choudhary has written and edited 76 books, most of which have been published in the USA and Europe. He is also the author of over 1,175 research papers and chapters in top international science journals of the West, as well as 40 US patents. This is by far the largest number of quality publications from any scientist in Pakistan. He has been among the most cited scientists of Pakistan in the last five years with citations exceeding 27,407 (h-Index: 68). Prof. Choudhary has won several national and international awards, such as Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan, Pakistan. Academy of Sciences Gold Medal, National Book Foundation Prize on the best book, and the Third World Academy of Sciences Young Scientist Prize.

He received the prestigious title of “Distinguished National Professor” from the Higher Education Commission in 2004 and Meritorious Professor by the University of Karachi in 2013. He is a member and fellow of many prestigious societies including Fellow of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Islamic Academy of Sciences, and Chemical Society of Pakistan.

Ms. Patricia McPhillips, the Director and Representative of UNESCO in Pakistan, Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi Prof. Dr. Khalid Mehmood Irqai, and Prof. Atta-ur Rahman, ICCBS Patron-in-chief and Chairman of Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science and Technology congratulated Prof. Choudhary Choudhary for his achievement.

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