04-OCT-2014: Professor Wasim Ahmad, Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University has been elected as the Fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Science, India. It is the most esteemed and a rare honour to a scientist in India.
Professor Ahmad is a world renowned Nematologist with over three decades of experience of working on taxonomy and ecology of soil inhabiting nematodes. He has also experience of working as visiting professor/scientist in leading Nematology laboratories of England, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Korea, China, Singapore and Costa Rica. He has also established scientific collaborations with many leading Nematologists of the world.
Prof. Ahmad has described more than 300 new species from over twenty different countries through his seven books and over 170 research papers included top Nematology journals of the world. Several species of nematodes have been named after him by Indian as well as international scientists including the Wasimellus Bloemers and Wanless, 1996 named by British scientists of the Natural History Museum, London.
Professor Wasim Ahmad is a fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and a recipient of the most prestigious EK Janaki Ammal National Award 2009 and Vigyan Ratan Samman (2010-2011) bestowed on him by Uttar Pradesh Council for Science and Technology. Besides these, he has several awards to his credit conferred by the Zoological Society of India and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences conferred. He has visited many countries and received visiting fellowships of Royal Society (UK), DFG (Germany), JSPS (Japan), Erasmus Mundus Scholar (European Union), CAS (China), KOSEF (Korea), NUS Singapore, INBio Costa Rica etc.
National Academy of Science is the oldest Science Academy of India established in 1930. In eighty four year of its existence, only eight teachers from Aligarh Muslim University have been awarded the prestigious fellowship including Prof. Ahmad.