News ID: 205486
Published: 0143 GMT December 03, 2017

2nd Mustafa Prize granted to Iranian, Turkish-French scientists

2nd Mustafa Prize granted to Iranian, Turkish-French scientists
Turkish-French Sami Erol Gelenbe (R) and Iranian Mohammad Amin Shokrollahi receive their awards during the biennial $500,000 Mustafa Prize ceremony at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Dec. 3, 2017.

Iran granted Mustafa Prize (PBUH) to two scientists, an Iranian and a Turkish-French national in Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Sunday.

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.

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