Person: Madwar, Mohammed Reda
Mohammed Madwar graduated from Edinburgh University and after a period in Egypt returned to Edinburgh to gain his doctorate in Astronomy. He went back to Egypt and became Professor of Astronomy at Cairo University.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Madwar's university studies at the University of Edinburgh included courses in Chemistry (taught by Dr Dobbin), Natural Philosophy (taught by Dr Carse and Dr Barkla), and Mathematics (taught by Dr Horsburgh) in session 1914-15.
- He then continued to live in Edinburgh, working for the year 1918-19 as an assistant engineer for Lesly Co. After a further year in Great Britain as a scientific assistant at the Royal Aviation Inst., Madwar returned to Egypt in 1919.
- Back in Egypt, Madwar worked as an Irrigation Engineer at the Ministry of Public Works for three years, then spent one further year as a scientific assistant in the Physical Department of the Ministry of Public Works.
- After three years undertaking research in astronomy, Madwar was awarded his Ph.D. by Edinburgh University in 1926.
- Following the award of his doctorate, Madwar returned to Egypt where he was appointed as Permanent Observer at the Royal Helwan Observatory.
- Madwar's achievements in his roles at the university and the observatory are substantial.
- He acknowledged the efforts of Professor Madwar and his research work in discovering the Planet Pluto and some galaxies using the 30" reflector of Helwan Observatory.
- He asked Professor Madwar to prepare himself for the ministry in the next change.
- Professor Madwar apologized gently, and instead he asked the king for funds to build a bigger telescope.
- Professor Madwar started the site testing and signed the agreement with an English company to build the 74" reflector telescope for the Kottamia Observatory.
Born 27 September 1893, Alexandria, Egypt. Died 1973, Egypt.
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African, Astronomy, Origin Egypt
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive