Posted on 30 December 2011
Professor Mohamed El-Gomati, who has been has been a Professor of Electronics at the University of York since 1997, has been made an OBE in the New Year's Honours List.
He obtained his BSc degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Tripoli in his native Libya and went on to study for an MSc in California and a PhD at the University of York. His research interests are in Surface Science and Electron Optics, particularly the development of novel instrumentation for nanostructure and analysis. He has made a significant contribution to Britain's science base and to the transfer of knowledge from the laboratory to industry. Professor El-Gomati is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Microscopial Society.
In 2009, he and his research group at York were awarded the 2009 Fazlur Rahman Khan award for Excellence in Engineering, Science and Technology. He is also a past winner of the Cosslett Award for his work which led to a new theory in secondary electron emission.
Professor El-Gomati actively promotes the role of Muslims in science through the Manchester-based Foundation for Science, Technology & Civilisation, of which he is Deputy Chair. He has promoted a wider understanding of the role that Muslims have played in science through the ages. Mohamed El-Gomati is also respected as religious advisor to a number of British universities and charities and works to bridge cultural and religious divides.