It is with a sense of sadness and sorrow that the President and the Director General of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) in Amman, Jordan, announce the passing away of the eminent Jordanian scientist: Prof. Mohammad Hamdan, former Council Member, IAS.
Prof. Hamdan received his BSc in Mathematics (with honours) from Cairo University in 1957, and his PhD in Mathematical Statistics from Sydney University in 1963.
He was appointed Senator at the Upper House of Parliament in Jordan in December 2007 by Royal Decreee. He served as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Jordan for three terms, and as Secretary General of The Higher Council for Science and Technology from September 1998 – July 1999.
He joined the Arab Open Univeristy as Rector and Founding Member from 1999 – 2001 and as Senior Advisor from October 2001 – August 2002. He had to leave the University to serve as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from September 2002 – November 2003, but immediately after his term ended, he was re-appointed Senior Advisor of the Arab Open University. He was also a Senator at the Upper House of Parliament in Jordan, Vice President of Jordan Academy of Arabic Language, and Vice President of The World Academy of Sciences/ Arab Region (TWAS), and President of the Union of Arab Statisticians. He was also President of two public universities in Jordan: the Yarmouk University and the Hashemite University.
Earlier in his career, he held several posts at the University of Jordan including Professor of Mathematics, Dean of Faculty of Science, Dean of Scientific Research and Dean of Student Affairs.
At the academic level outside Jordan, Professor Hamdan served as Faculty Member (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor) at the American University of Beirut/Beirut (1965 – 1976), and as Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the American University of Cairo/Egypt, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University/USA, and Riyadh University/Saudi Arabia.
In terms of academic research, Professor Hamdan was a Member of the Editorial Board of several research journals. He supervised several PhD dissertations and MSc theses throughout his career, and was keynote speaker in numerous scientific conferences; and national and international consultations in the areas of Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Education and Higher Education. He was also member of several academic and cultural institutions, including the Arab Thought Forum. He published numerous papers in the area of Mathematical Statistics.
Prof. Hamdan was an elected Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (1990), and a former Council Member (1994-1999).
Prof. Hamdan will be greatly missed by his colleagues and fellow scientists in Jordan and the Islamic World. “Ina Lillah Wa Ina Ilaihi Raj’oon.” IAS President, Fellows and staff offer their heartfelt condolences to his family and friends throughout the World.