There are many stories of Saudis that rarely find their way into the media, from medicine to mathematics, innovations and inventions, combating domestic violence, and even climbing to the top of Everest. Even the achievements that, for some reason, found their way into the newspapers were not given the attention they deserved. Some Saudi writers raised their voices, calling on the media to give these creative people the attention they deserve, but to no avail.
As they do not care about fame, you find that they continue to do what they are good at with more creativity and success. Because the list is very large and because the tales of innovations and inventions are so numerous, we have chosen some Saudi achievers, even though, as we mentioned, they do not cover a significant percentage of the number of people who excelled in their respective fields.
Mansour Al-Hammad is one of the geniuses of mathematics who excelled in several fields in electricity, mathematics, and other sciences. Despite his young age, he made many scientific inventions and discoveries that would change the concept of the scientist concerning solving the most complex mathematics problems.
His penchant for mathematics made him refuse to apply mathematical rules to their exact limit. Rather, he was looking for other solutions until he came to solve complex mathematical problems with the only recurring solution and generalized the same idea to solve polynomials (all equations) with a repeated solution.
He has more than twenty patents registered in his name and has recently come up with a new mathematical theory called “Mansour’s Conjecture” that will help in solving many engineering, physical and mathematical problems and has great importance in the world of engineering and digital applications. He enjoys the attention and patronage of the Saudi Cultural Attaché, which is keen to help him register every invention arriving in his name.
Professor Ghada Al-Mutairi discovered a mineral that enables light to enter the human body in chips called a photon, which facilitates entry into cells without the need for surgery. That is, it successfully used light as a substitute for a scalpel. She is considered the first Arab scientist in the field of nanotechnology. Her name was included in the list of new inventors after receiving the most prestigious scientific research award in America.
She presented dozens of research papers and a scientific publication under the name of “Precision Technology”, translated into German, Japanese, and English. It owns a private factory valued at one million dollars granted by the state of California, where it is working on two new projects.
Ahmed Moatash Alenezi
Dr. Ahmed Moatash Alenezi was awarded the American Board of Nuclear Medicine in 2009. At the time, the committee praised Alenezi’s achievement as the first researcher at the level of the United States to pass the specialty test, which is the science of molecular diagnostics, which is considered one of the modern subspecialties of nuclear medicine science, which aims to diagnose tumors in early stages, which helps in early and effective treatment.
Alenezi transferred his experiences and achievements to Saudi Arabia, and he is a senior consultant in nuclear medicine at the Armed Forces Hospital in Riyadh and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Nuclear Medicine Conferences held in the Arab world.
Scientist and researcher Hayat Sindi is behind the “Diagnosis for All” project, which is a modern technology developed in the George Whiteside laboratory at Harvard University. This technology reduces the analysis laboratories to a device the size of a handprint made of paper that the average person can use to conduct the analysis at any time and read the results directly to diagnose his disease. She also contributed to the invention of a sound and magnetic wave sensor that could determine the drug required for the human body. She also invented a device that diagnoses cancer in its early stages and depends on “nano-laser” technology.
Sindi was the first Saudi woman to receive a scholarship from the University of Cambridge to prepare her doctoral thesis in the field of biotechnology. News Week magazine chose her to be among the list of “150 Women Who Shook the World” in 2012, and she was chosen in the Arabian Business list of the “100 Most Powerful Arab Women” for 2013. A new achievement was made in January 2013 when she became part of the first women’s group to work in the Shura Council in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In 2009, Dr. Turki Al-Hazzazi was awarded first place in the highest international award presented by the International Conference of Dental Research Organizations, after discovering the role of new genes in oral cancer, as well as second place in the competition of the American Organization for Dental Research.
Al-Hazzazi discovered the role of a gene family called Sirtuin, specifically Sirt-3, in controlling the severity and efficacy of cancer cells that infect the mouth. He also succeeded in reducing the effectiveness of Sirt-3, giving hope to a large number of people with the disease, especially since the new practical approach is currently working to take advantage of the sensitivity of cancer cells to Sirt-3 to create a therapeutic drug that eliminates the affected cells without affecting the normal cells.
Deema Al-Yahya was the first Saudi woman to be appointed as the General Manager of the Center for Technical Platforms and Developers at Microsoft Arabia. Al-Yahya has 11 years of experience in e-marketing, and she is not a stranger to the business world, as she previously worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Saudi Stock Exchange. Since assuming her position, she has been organizing conferences and launching initiatives to improve the conditions of Saudi women in the labor market and enable them to realize themselves.
Abdulrahman Tarabzouni currently heads Google Android for the Middle East region, after leading the task of planning and executing the company’s strategic investments and business as Google’s regional head for Arab emerging markets. He worked on building various projects while working in the United States at Morgan Stanley, Oracle and Blue Print, and he is a member of the Microsoft Board of Future.
Tarabzouni participated in establishing several technology companies and investment incubators. Arabian Business chose him among the 30 most influential leaders in the Middle East on its annual list of “30 under 30”, and MIT Technology Review ranked him as one of the Arab technological leaders.
Hind Abdel Ghafar
Dr. Hind Abdel Ghafar has devised a way to protect security men from bullets through a nanotechnology protective jacket.
This innovation was Abdel Ghafar’s doctoral thesis, and she received an excellent degree with honors. She made sure that the jacket was easy to take off and put on and that it was lightweight. Indeed, the weight of the nano-jacket is 2.9 kg, and it protects against bullets and extreme cold.
Abdulkhaleq Almansaf was awarded the Scientific Excellence Award in the technology of engineering plastics and polymers. Almansaf, who studied at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in the US, surpassed 260 outstanding students from 360 American universities and obtained a cumulative average for the total of scientific degrees equivalent to 4 out of 4 that qualified him for the award.
Former US President Barack Obama gave Maha Al-Muneef the International Women of Courage Award. Al-Muneef is a Saudi physician, CEO of the National Family Safety program, and a member of the Arab Network for Child Protection and the Committee for Victims of Domestic Violence.
Al-Muneef brought about many positive changes in Saudi society, having been active for more than 10 years against domestic violence in the Kingdom. She studied medicine and surgery at King Saud University and received certificates from the American Board of Pediatrics, Infection Control, and Epidemiology. She is also a member of the American Society of Pediatrics.
The first Saudi to manage to reach the summit of Everest is Farouk Al-Zoman. He raised the call to prayer at three o’clock Nepal time in 2008 after he arrived at the summit. Nicknamed the Edmund Hillary of Saudi Arabia after the first Everest climber, he is considered a model for Saudi youth and is hosted by governmental, private, educational, and training agencies to give motivational lectures and spread positive thinking among youth.