0711 GMT January 20, 2019
Iranian Mohammad Amin Shokrollahi and Turkish-French Sami Erol Gelenbe, the two computer science experts, received their awards during the biennial $500,000 Mustafa Prize ceremony.
Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation announced the prize laurates of the second edition of Mustafa Prize at a press conference in Tehran on last Sunday, November 6.
The Mustafa Prize, a science and technology award, granted to top researchers and scientists from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member-states biennially, is going to become an Islamic version of the Nobel Prize in the future.
Gelenbe (1945) from Turkey is a computer scientist, electronic engineer and applied mathematician at Imperial College, London, while Shokrollahi (1964) from Iran is a professor of math and computer science who has worked on a variety of topics including coding theory and algebraic complexity theory.
Along with medals and certificates, each winner gets $500,000.
Iran first handed out the prize in 2015 to a Taiwanese-Singaporean nanotechnology researcher Jackie Y.Ying and Jordanian-American chemistry professor Omar Yaghi.
Several high-ranking Iranian officials including Chairman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari, Iranian lawmakers, and other dignitaries attended the event.
Sattari said in a statement that Gelenbe and Shokrollahi were being honored for their achievements in systems assessment in model-making and computer coding.