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Highest Chinese award for Pakistani scientist

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KARACHI: Chinese Academic of Sciences (CAS) President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI Fellowship) has conferred the prominent Pakistani scientist Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary with the “Distinguished Scientist” award, says a Press release.
A press statement, issued by the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, said on Tuesday said that Prof. Choudhary was awarded with this prestigious scientific award of People’s Republic of China in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of bioorganic chemistry and very strong collaborations with Chinese universities and higher education institutions.
Prof. Choudhary, who is currently serving as ICCBS director, has 1355 publications in the fields of organic and bioorganic chemistry, including 67 international/ US patents, and 73 books, and 40 chapters in books, published by major U.S. and European publishers. Currently his h-index is 68 and has 27,394 citations. As many as 94 students have completed their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision.
Prof. Choudhary is one of the most decorated scientists of Pakistan who has been conferred not only with highest civil awards of Pakistan, including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, and Hilal-i-Imtiaz, but also international awards. A research center in Benin, Nijeria is named after him as “Iqbal Choudhary Centre for Natural Product Research (ICC-NPR)” for his tremendous work in the fields of drug discovery and natural product research.
Prof. Iqbal Choudhary is also a member of the National Commission for Science and Technology, chaired by the prime minister of 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 him, and declared his outstanding achievement as an honour not only for the University but also for the whole nation.