Professor Sultana Nahar elected as Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences

January 4, 2023

Professor Sultana Nahar elected as Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences

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TWAS members have elected Professor Sultana Nahar as a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, effective 1 January 2023. Professor Nahar's election is a clear recognition of her outstanding contribution to science and its promotion in the developing world. Congratulations Dr. Nahar!

The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries, known worldwide by its acronym, TWAS, supports sustainable prosperity through research, education, policy and diplomacy. The Academy is based in Trieste, Italy.

TWAS was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world, under the leadership of Abdus Salam, the Pakistani physicist and Nobel laureate. They shared a belief that developing nations, by building strength in science and engineering, could build the knowledge and skill to address such challenges as hunger, disease, and poverty.

The Third World Academy of Sciences, as it was originally known, was inaugurated officially in 1985 during a ceremony attended by United Nations Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar. Initially, TWAS had 42 elected fellows, nine of them Nobel laureates. The name was changed twice: in 2004, to "The Academy of Sciences for the developing world" and, in 2012, to the current one, "The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries". Today, TWAS has 1,296 elected fellows — some of the world's most accomplished scientists and engineers — representing more than 100 countries; 11 of them are Nobel laureates. About 84 percent come from developing nations, and the rest are scientists from the developed world whose work has had a significant impact in the South. TWAS fellows are the foundation for all of the Academy's work.

Find out more about The World Academy of Sciences here.