Ahmed Zewail is the Linus Pauling Chair professor of chemistry and professor of physics at
the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). For ten years, he served as the Director of the National
Science Foundation's Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (LMS), and is currently the Director of the
Moore Foundation's Center for Physical Biology at Caltech.
On April 27, 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President's Council of
Advisors on Science and Technology, and in November of the same year, he was named the First
United States Science Envoy to the Middle East.