On October 14, 2019, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Saudi Arabia Berik Aryn visited the King Faisal Prize where he met with Secretary General of KFP Committee Dr. Abdulaziz Alsebail.
A. Al-Sebail informed the Ambassador in detail about the activities of the King Faisal Foundation and the Committee. In particular, he noted that the international prize is awarded annually in five categories: service to Islam, Islamic studies, Arabic language and literature, medicine and science. The Secretary General expressed readiness to establish cooperation with interested institutions of Kazakhstan.
The Ambassador spoke about the initiatives of Kazakhstan in developing science and technology, strengthening peace and solidarity in the Islamic world. He also informed about Kazakhstan’s plans to celebrate the 1150th Anniversary of the great philosopher and scientist Abu Nasr Al-Farabi in 2020.
The award in the nomination of “Serving to Islam” is given to prominent political and public figures, as well as great scientist and international organizations. The Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohammed, President of Turkey Recep Erdogan, President of Senegal Abdou Diouf, Sheikh of Al-Azhar Muhammed Tantawi have become among the prize holders.
Award list laureates in the nomination for science includes such famous Nobel laureates as James Fraser Stoddart (chemistry), Professor Frank Wilczek (physics), Professor James Rothman (biology) and other bright scientists.
The King Faisal Prize Committee was established in 1976, and granted for the first time in 1979. At the beginning, there were only three nominations: service to Islam, Islamic studies, Arabic language and literature. Nominations for medicine and science were launched in 1982 and 1983. Over 40 years 265 laureates from 43 nationalities have been awarded by the King Faisal Prize, including 21 Nobel laureates.
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