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King Salman Honors King Faisal International Prize Winners

King Salman Honors King Faisal International Prize Winners

Monday, 25 March, 2019 - 08:30
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz during the King Faisal International Prize (SPA)
Riyadh- Asharq Al-Awsat
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz patronized the closing ceremony of the 41st King Faisal International Prize in Prince Sultan Grand Gallery at al-Faisaliya Hotel, during which the prizes were handed to the winners.

Upon arrival, King Salman was received by Advisor to the Custodian and Governor of Makkah Prince Khalid al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies Prince Turki al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Member of the Council of Trustees of King Faisal Charity Foundation Prince Abdulrahman al-Faisal, and Secretary General of King Faisal Charity Foundation Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Khalid.

The ceremony began with the royal anthem followed by the laureates’ meet and greet with King Salman. Then the monarch was briefed on a photo exhibition titled “Salman of Faithfulness” followed by a statement delivered by Prince Khalid al-Faisal, who is also the Executive President of King Faisal Charity Foundation and Chairman of King Faisal International Prize Panel.

The Secretary-General of the King Faisal International Prize, Abdul Aziz al-Sabil, presented the winners of the awards. He noted that this year’s award for the Islamic Studies category, themed “Studies on the Objectives of Islamic Law”, has been withheld due to the lack of sufficiently meritorious nominations.

King Salman began handing the awards first with “Service to Islam” prize which was won by the International University of Africa in Sudan received by director Kaman Obaid Babaker. The University was chosen for its efforts in the service of Islam, teaching its provisions, and the dissemination of the Arabic language in Africa, as well as housing and teaching tens of thousands of students, and contributing to deepening the Islamic and Arab authenticity.

Professors Abdelali Mohamed Oudrhiri and Mahmoud Fahmy Hegazi received “Arabic Language and Literature.” Dr. Oudrhiri was chosen for his original and excellent scientific work in modern Arabic linguistic studies, his educational efforts in university institutions, and his defense of the Arabic language in the face of calls to replace dialects and foreign languages. Dr. Hijazi was awarded the award for his outstanding scientific efforts in the Arabic language lesson and the diversity of his publications in the Arabic language.

The Custodian handed the prize for “Medicine" category to Professor Steven Teitelbaum for his pioneer research in bone biology for identifying the work and organization of the cells of osteoclast, which contributed to the deepening knowledge of osteoporosis.

Professor Bjorn Olsen also received the "Medicine" award for his pioneer research in bone biology which contributed to genetic discoveries in understanding the causes of many genetic skeletal disorders.

“Science” prize was awarded to Professor Allen Joseph Bard for his pioneering contributions to the development of chemo-generated chemical flare methods currently used in biochemical analyzes and improving electro-chemical vacuums.

Professor Jean Frechet received the “Medicine” prize for his pioneering work and fundamental contributions to the development of Dendrimers' applications and the development of photoresist methods and organic photovoltaic.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, King Salman thanked Prince Khalid al-Faisal for his efforts.

“I thank Prince Khalid al-Faisal, the son of the hero Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, who brought me with you and I am pleased.”

The ceremony was attended by a number of princes and senior officials.

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