Prof. Nidhal Guessoum

Professor @ American University of Sharjah

Prof. Guessoum is an Algerian astrophysicist. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego and spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His research focuses on gamma radiation, from the Milky Way Galaxy and from other sources in the Universe.

He has been at the American University of Sharjah, UAE, since 2000, where he has served as chair of the Physics Department, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, President of the Faculty Senate, and other roles.

In addition to dozens of technical papers in top astrophysical journals, Prof. Guessoum has published extensively on issues of science, education, culture, Islam and the Arab world. He has authored or co-authored several books, most notably: The Young Muslim’s Guide to Modern Science – London: Beacon Books, 2018; Islam’s Quantum Question: Reconciling Muslim Tradition and Modern Science – London: I.B. Tauris, 2011, the latter has been translated into Arabic, French, and Indonesian; The Story of the Universe, in Arabic, with Prof. Jamal Mimouni, and other books and conference proceedings volumes. He has also published some 200 articles for the general public (magazines and newspapers), in Arabic, English, and French.

Prof. Guessoum has been invited to lecture at prestigious universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Cornell, Wisconsin, Malaya, New York University in Abu Dhabi, and others worldwide. He has been interviewed in numerous international media, including the BBC, The Times, Le Monde, Al-Jazeera, Der Spiegel, NPR, France 2, France 24, Fox News, and others. He is a regular columnist for Gulf News and Arab News, and writes occasionally for magazines. He also has a strong online and social media presence: 69,000 followers on Twitter, 55,000 followers on Facebook, and 86,000 channel subscribers on YouTube, where he presents his regular program Ta’ammal Ma`I (Reflect with Me) on science, culture, and education.