Egyptian mourners surround an ambulance carrying the coffin of Egyptian-American Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail upon its arrival from the United States to Cairo International Airport in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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Nobel prize-winning Egyptian-American chemist Ahmed Zewail was given a state funeral with military honors on Sunday in Cairo attended by Egypt's president and top officials.A naturalized US citizen, Zewail won the Nobel prize for chemistry in 1999 for his groundbreaking work in the study of chemical reactions in extremely short timescales.Zewail was among four Egyptians to win a Nobel prize and the country's first scientist to do so.In 2009 Zewail was appointed to Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and later that year he was named the first US science envoy to the Middle East.Until his death Zewail -- who was married with four children -- worked at the California Institute of Technology.
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