Arab Hall of Greatness

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Peter Brian Medawar - Lebanon - Co-Winner The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1960

Najib Mahfooz - Egypt - Winner The Nobel Prize in Literature 1988. Najib was stabbed in the back by Egyptian Moslem fundamentalists in 1997 because he supported the Peace Process between the Palestinians and Isralies. Najib was partially paralysed as a result.

Ahmed Zewail - Egypt - Co-Winner The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1999

Elias James Corey - Lebanon - Co-Winner The Nobel Prize In Chemistry 1990

Gibran Khalil Gibran - Lebanon - Internationally known writer. His masterpiece, "The Prophet", has been translated to tens of languages. Boston has honored his memory with the Gibran Khalil Gibran park in the heart of downtown - situated symbolically between a church and a library.

Butros Butros Ghali - Egypt - Was the Secretary General of the United Nations few
years ago.

Edouard Saiid - Palestine - Internationally renowned scholar of Columbia University. Writes extensively about the Middle East.

Albert Camus - Algeria and France - Nobel Prize laureate in literarture. His style is beautiful. Existentialist writer he has the gift of describing the deepest most complex of human feelings.

Hasan Fathi - revolutionary Egyptian architect.

Zaha Hadid - world-renowned architect originally from Iraq. View her website here.

Queen Noor - of Jordan. Internationally renowned stateswoman, fighter for world peace and justice. Carrier of the Late King Hussein's legacy of cultural exchange and understanding, education, social emancipation of women, and democracy.

Michael Ansara - of Syrian decent. He played Cochise in the popular TV drama "Broken Arrow."

Murray Abraham - of Syrian decent. he won the Oscar for best actor for the movie Amadeus.

Vic Tayback - Syrian-American actor who played 'Mel' in Alice

Najeeb Halaby - Syrian-American. former head of the Federal Aeronautics Authority; former CEO of Pan-American Airlines. Queen Noor's father.

Rene Angelil - discoverer and manager of wife Celine Dion. Syrian decent.

Emilio Estefan
- Cuban-born - manager and producer of wife Gloria Estefan.

Mona Hatoum - Palestinian, born in Beirut, Lebanon, 1952; lives in London. Famous contemporary artist. This is a link to one of her works: "So Much I Want To Say":
http://www.ftech.net/~amnesty/hatoum.htm

Karim Rashid - Half Egyptian - Half English. The most prolific and renowned designer in the USA today. I discovered Karim Rashid in a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA (MOCA) on January 24, 2002. Click here to visit his website.

Jesse Aweida - computer scientist, famous for inventing the hard drive. Founder of Storage Technology in Colorado. Of Palestinian descent. Read brief bio.

Karim Habib: BMW named Karim Habib to lead the design of BMW brand cars from 1 June, 2012. Habib has been in charge of Exterior Design for BMWs since March 2011, and is credited as the designer of the current 7 Series and the elegant 2007 CS Concept . The Lebanese-Canadian is on his second tour-of-duty with BMW, the first running from 1998 to 2009. After a brief stint with Mercedes-Benz, Habib returned to Munich and has since rapidly moved up the ranks.

Carlos Slim Helú ( born January 28, 1940) is a Mexican business magnate and philanthropist who is currently ranked as the richest person in the world in 2012. Slim has been ranked the richest person in the world since 2010. His extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate , Grupo Carso , SA de CV, have amassed interests in the fields of communications, technology, retailing, and finance. Presently he is the chairman and chief executive of telecommunications companies Telmex and América Móvil . Slim was born in Mexico City , Mexico in 1940 to Maronite Christian parents Julián Slim Haddad and Linda Helú, both of Lebanese descent

Nicolas George Hayek (19 February 1928, Beirut 28 June 2010, Biel/Bienne), was a Swiss - Lebanese entrepreneur , co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Swatch Group, with principal headquarters in Biel/Bienne. Hayek was born, the second of three children, to a Lebanese mother and a Lebanese-American father, both from well-regarded Greek-Orthodox Christian Lebanese families with deep roots in Lebanon's Northern Governorate of El-Koura


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