KAUST vice president receives prestigious award

Donal Bradley
Updated 09 October 2019

KAUST vice president receives prestigious award

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Vice President for Research and Distinguished Professor of Materials Physics and Device Engineering, Donal Bradley was honored recently by the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) for achievements in advanced materials science. Bradley received the 2019 Jan Czochralski Award in a ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, also delivering a plenary lecture titled “Tuning Conjugated Polymer Electronic and Optical Properties via Physical Structure and Environment” as Czochralski laureate.

The Czochralski Award is given in honor of world-renowned chemist Jan Czochralski, whose research led to the growth of large-volume single-crystal silicon boules — a foundational technology for the modern-day semiconductor industry, yielding the vast majority of the computer processors we use today.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by this award,” Bradley said. “Jan Czochralski is Poland’s most highly cited academic, and the inventor of a process that has had a profound impact, not only on science, but on computing in general and also the way we communicate as human beings. To be honored in his name is a wonderful privilege.”

“This award adds to the list of impressive acknowledgements for Dr. Bradley on the global stage, and we are proud that he accepted this award as a member of the KAUST leadership team,” KAUST President Tony Chan said.


Makkah Clock Royal Tower lights up for ‘Home Heroes’

The world’s tallest clock tower beamed the words ‘Home Heroes’ for 30 minutes.
Updated 08 April 2020

Makkah Clock Royal Tower lights up for ‘Home Heroes’

The Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel recently lit up with a solidarity message in support of its staff and medical professionals who are working tirelessly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The world’s tallest clock tower beamed the words “Home Heroes” for 30 minutes, for the first time since its opening, in an initiative to honor national heroes for their efforts in protecting the nation from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The campaign was launched by Accor Hotels Makkah — Raffles Makkah Palace, Swissotel Makkah, and Swissotel Al-Maqam Makkah, and the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel.
This initiative was one of many others launched by the hospitality group in support of the brave medical professionals who are risking their lives to save others during this period as well as to support the Saudi government and its people.
Accor, in collaboration with a hospital in Makkah, delivered complimentary meals to the medical staff working with the group, as a token of gratitude and appreciation. The group also distributed a number of masks and sterilizers to citizens in Makkah, as part of serving the local community and backing the Kingdom’s efforts in maintaining the health and security of citizens and residents.
Faisal Abdallah, director of communications and PR, Accor Hotels, said: “Embracing the solidarity momentum, we launched this initiative, a first-of-its-kind in Makkah by lighting up the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel with the ‘Home Heroes’ message, empathizing with every member of our community. We support all efforts of the government of Saudi Arabia in wake of the new health crisis and ask the Almighty to protect and preserve the health of the Kingdom’s citizens and residents.”