Middle East

Egypt bids farewell to Nobel Prize science laureate Zewail

  • Egyptian mourners surround an ambulance carrying the coffin of Egyptian-American Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail during a public funeral ceremony at the site of a science academy founded by Zewail, in 6th of October city, near Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Egypt bid farewell to Ahmed Zewail, the Egyptian-born scientist who won a Nobel Prize in 1999, according him a military funeral with full honors led by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Zewail, was a science adviser to President Obama who won the 1999 Nobel Prize for his work on the study of chemical reactions over immensely short time scales. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egyptian mourners surround an ambulance carrying the coffin of Egyptian-American Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail during a public funeral ceremony at the site of a science academy founded by Zewail, in 6th of October city, near Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Egypt bid farewell to Ahmed Zewail, the Egyptian-born scientist who won a Nobel Prize in 1999, according him a military funeral with full honors led by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Zewail, was a science adviser to President Obama who won the 1999 Nobel Prize for his work on the study of chemical reactions over immensely short time scales. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Students of Egyptian-American Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail grieve during a public funeral ceremony at the site of a science academy founded by Zewail, in 6th of October city, near Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Egypt bid farewell to Ahmed Zewail, who won a Nobel Prize in 1999, according him a military funeral with full honors led by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Zewail, was a science adviser to President Obama who won the 1999 Nobel Prize for his work on the study of chemical reactions over immensely short time scales. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Students of Egyptian-American Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail grieve during a public funeral ceremony at the site of a science academy founded by Zewail, in 6th of October city, near Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Egypt bid farewell to Ahmed Zewail, who won a Nobel Prize in 1999, according him a military funeral with full honors led by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Zewail, was a science adviser to President Obama who won the 1999 Nobel Prize for his work on the study of chemical reactions over immensely short time scales. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives of Egyptian-American Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail grieve during a public funeral ceremony at the site of a science academy founded by Zewail, in 6th of October city, near Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Egypt bid farewell to Ahmed Zewail, who won a Nobel Prize in 1999, according him a military funeral with full honors led by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Zewail, was a science adviser to President Obama who won the 1999 Nobel Prize for his work on the study of chemical reactions over immensely short time scales. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Relatives of Egyptian-American Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail grieve during a public funeral ceremony at the site of a science academy founded by Zewail, in 6th of October city, near Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Egypt bid farewell to Ahmed Zewail, who won a Nobel Prize in 1999, according him a military funeral with full honors led by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Zewail, was a science adviser to President Obama who won the 1999 Nobel Prize for his work on the study of chemical reactions over immensely short time scales. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

Egypt has bid farewell to Ahmed Zewail, the Egyptian-born scientist who won a Nobel Prize in 1999, according him a military funeral with full honors.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi led some 200 mourners at a military funeral held Sunday in a suburb east of Cairo. His coffin was wrapped in Egypt's white, red and black flag and carried by a gun carriage drawn by six horses mounted by soldiers in ceremonial uniforms.

Zewail's 1999 Nobel Prize was awarded for his work on the study of chemical reactions over immensely short time scales.

His death Tuesday was announced by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where he was Linus Pauling professor of chemistry and director of the Physical Biology Center for Ultrafast Science and Technology.