Islamabad, 22 October 2021 (GNP): The Mustafa(PBUH) Prize — An international symbol of scientific excellence — for the year 2021 has been awarded to Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary for his discovery of fascinating molecules with therapeutic applications.
Mustafa(PBUH) Prize award ceremony held on October 21 at Vahdat Hall in Tehran. Mustafa (PBUH) Prize is the International Symbol of Scientific Excellence.
“For decades I have worked tirelessly and selflessly with the single aim of contributing to the alleviation of the suffering of people through my scientific discoveries.
This award has strengthened my resolve to continue this work with sincerity of purpose and selfless motivation,” Prof. Choudhary said in his award speech.
Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation holds the event biennially in Iran during the Islamic Unity Week that spans the two dates narrated by Sunnis and Shias as the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The Mustafa Prize, a top science and technology award, is granted biennially to the top researchers and scientists of the Islamic world in four categories: “Life and Medical Science and Technology”, “Nanoscience and Nanotechnology”, “Information and Communication Science and Technology”, and “All areas of science and technology”.
The Mustafa Prize was established in 2012 as a symbol of scientific excellence at the international level, and it is regarded as the Nobel prize of the Muslim world.
Five scientists each from Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Lebanon, and Morocco have been awarded The Mustafa Prize in their respective fields of study.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary is a world-renowned medicinal chemist. He has published 1,175 research papers in the fields of organic and bioorganic chemistry in international journals, 76 books and 40 chapters in books published by major US and European press. He has secured 40 US patents so far.
Dr. Iqbal’s work has been cited by researchers from around the world by 27,407 times and his h-index is 70. By now 94 national and international scholars have completed their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision.
Dr. Iqbal is D.Sc., Ph.D., and C. Chem. He has been awarded by different governments of Pakistan with Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.
He has been elected a fellow by world-renowned science academies named Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Islamic World Academy of Sciences, Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Chemical Society of Pakistan.
Prof. Iqbal has been honored by the President of Iran with Khwarizmi International Award, the President of Azerbaijan, with the ECO Award in Education and the Prime Minister of Pakistan with the COMSTECH Award in Chemistry.
He has been given the prestigious title of “Distinguished National Professor” by the Higher Education Commission in 2004 and Meritorious Professor by the University of Karachi in 2013.