Nidhal Guessoum


guessoumYou may have noticed that most of the people in the Noteworthy Algerians section are dead. The ratio so far is 25 dead to 6 alive. Perhaps a whole life is needed before someone can be considered noteworthy. This post about Dr. Nidhal Guessoum is an attempt to balance things.

Nidhal Guessoum is an Algerian astrophysicist. He received his BSc in theoretical physics from the University of Algiers (USTHB), his MSc in physics and theoretical astrophysics PhD in 1988 from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Continue reading

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Elias Zerhouni


Elias Zerhouni

Dr. Elias Zerhouni is currently a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He is one of the leading medical scientists in the world today.

Dr. Zerhouni was born in April 12, 1951, in Nedroma, a province of Tlemcen — a city in the West of Algeria. He was a competitive swimmer in his teens. After obtaining his Medical Degree (M.D.) at the University of Algiers, School of Medicine in 1975, he applied for and won residency at Johns Hopkins University, considered one of the leading medical and teaching facilities in the United States. Dr. Zerhouni arrived in the US aged 24, accompanied by his wife Nadia Azza (a pediatrician). They’re still married and they have three children. Continue reading