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Prof. Dr. Ewais Moussa Mohamed Moussa (Honorary President)
(1962-2012)
     On the occasion of launching our website which ought to be a celebrating incident, we were asked to write this memorial to a man who is supposed to be celebrating with us today this website. According to "ALLAH'S WILL", Prof. Moussa passed away on October 3rd, 2012. With a heart full of sorrow and grief, let us present this man to you.

    First of all, it should be known that only due to Prof. Moussa individual, dedicated and keen efforts, the Scientific Society of Nuclear Materials Authority (SSNMA) was legally established. Even during his struggle with cancer, he left the hospital taking the risk and attended the first general assembly meeting and the elections of the Society. Furthermore, he was reviewing the articles appearing in the first issue of the Journal with the publisher, while sitting in his hospital bed.

    Prof. Moussa was born on May 4th 1962 at El-Ayyat, Giza, Egypt, where he grew up and finished schooling and during this he awarded the Certificate of memorize the whole Holly Quran. Then he was graduated with a degree of B.Sc. (Geology/Chemistry, grade Excellent), Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, 1985. He began his professional career after appointment as a Demonstrator at the Research Division, NMA, 1987.

    During the course of his work at NMA, he obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in 1994 and 1998 respectively, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, the subjects of his research work was applying geochemical and geochronological data to study the tectonic evolution of the Egyptian Basement.

    To develop experience in the fields of mass spectrometry and isotope geochemistry, Prof. Moussa attended:

- Two months (Feb./March, 1997), training program at Gutenberg University, Germany, though a fellowship from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

- Workshop on the application of nuclear techniques in hydrology and geohydrology organized by the Arab Atomic Energy Authority, 1999.

- Training summer school, May, 2000, held at the Central Lab. for Elemental and Isotopic Analyses, Nuclear Research Centre, Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority in cooperation with Yulish Research Centre, Germany. He delivered a lecture on thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS).

- As a visiting scientist (2006) at the University Of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA, where in cooperation with Prof. R. Stern, was able to date some Egyptian granites by measuring U and Pb isotopes in their zircons.

    After receiving his Ph.D. in 1998, Prof. Moussa was appointed in the lecturer rank, then was promoted to the Assistant Professor rank in 2003 and finally to the Professor rank in 2008. During this academic career, he shared in the supervision of 10 M.Sc. Theses and 16 Ph.D. ones. Also, he shared in the publication as well as published 28 scientific articles, from these papers three ones are published in international journals as Precambrian Research and African Earth Science.

    During his tenure at NMA, he was engaged in many diversified scientific activities such as:

- He participated in the installation of the mass spectrometer and the establishment of the Clean Chemistry Lab. attached to it. He was designated the Head of this lab. in 2001.

- He established a Water Analysis Lab. at NMA and shared in the supervision of several theses work in this field.

- He was designed Head of Isotope Geology Department, Research Division, NMA, 2007 till his death.

- He was responsible for the geochemical aspects and the provision of the needed chemical data for some U-ore explorations projects at NMA:

        - At Gabal El-Farayed, Shelateen Environs, Qash Amer and Gabal El-Siela, South Eastern Desert.
   
        - At Gabal El-Ineigi and Gabal Homrat, Central Eastern Desert.
   
        - Evaluation of U-distribution in the surficial deposits in the Tushki Basin.

    Prof. Moussa was highly engaged in the activities of many Egyptian Scientific Societies. He was a member of The Egyptian Geologic Society, The Mineralogical Society of Egypt and The Egyptian society of Nuclear sciences and Applications. He was a Board Member of The Sedimentological Society of Egypt.

    Feeling the great loss, we all at NMA colleagues, friends and students of Prof. Moussa would like to express our sincere condolences to Geological Community in Egypt.

 

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