Mohammad M. Shabat, was born in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, Palestine in 1960. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from Al-Aazhar University, Cairo, Egypt in 1984 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Salford, U.K. in 1990. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK, from 1989 to 1992. In April 1992, he joined the Physics Department at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) as an Assistant Professor of physics. He became an Associate Professor in 1996 and a Professor of Physics in 2000. In the period 2001-2005, he was the Vice President for Administrative Affairs at IUG and the Vice President for the Academic Affairs at the IUG between 2009-2013. He was awarded the Shoman Prize for a Young Arab Scientist (Jordan) in 1995, and the Humboldt Research Fellowships in 1998-99 at the Center of Semiconductor Technology and Opto-electronics, Duisburg-Essen University, Germany. He was a visiting scientist at Bochum University, Germany, in 1994; at the Institute National Polytechnic de Grenoble, (INPG), France, in 1995; at Salford University, U.K, in 1997; ICTP, Trieste, Italy, in 1996,1997 and 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004; Duisburg-Essen University, Germany, in1998, 1999 and 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006, and 2007; Technical University of Warsaw in 2012; Frankfort University in 2012 and the Institute of Energy Research and Phyiscal Technologies (IEPT) at the Clausthal Technical University (TUC) in 2015. From 2006-2008, Prof.Shabat was a visiting Professor in Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany. Professor Shabat had received “Galileo Galilei” Award of the International Commission of Optics (affiliated to ICSU and IUPAP) in 2006. He was the Vice President for the Research and Graduate Studies at the IUG between 2013-2015.
Professor Shabat became the first Distinguished Professor in the IUG in 2011. He was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Arab Fund Fellowship Program, Kuwait, 2007. He had been awarded the ISESCO Science Prize, 2010, and The TWAS Arab Regional Prize for 2016, Building Scientific Institutions, The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries- Arab Regional Office), Egypt, 2016. He published more than 330 papers in international journals in optical science, physics, mathematics and education and presented many papers at local and international conferences. His research interests include nonlinear optical sensor, solar cells, renewable Energy, opto-electronics, magneto static surface waves, numerical techniques, applied mathematics, Nanotechnology and physics education. He supervised more than 35 postgraduate students (M.Sc and PhD) in mathematics and physics at Palestinian, Sudanese, Algerian and Egyptian universities. Recently he has established a Palestinian Optical Society (POS). He is an external examiner for BSc examinations, Msc dissertation and PhD theses in physics and mathematics at Palestinian and Egyptian universities. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of the Optical Society of America and fellow of TWAS who was the first fellow of TWAS in Palestine.
He was elected as an IAS Fellow in 2016.