The Editorial Board wishes to dedicate this issue of Letters in Organic Chemistry to the
Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS, on his 70th birthday. The
Editorial Board acknowledges the tremendous achievements of Prof. Rahman in the fields
of Organic Chemistry in general and on bioactive natural products in particular.
Prof. Rahman’s honors include: the first scientist from the Muslim world to have won
the prestigious UNESCO Science Prize (1999) in the 35-year old history of the Prize;
elected as Fellow of Royal Society (London) in July 2006; conferred honorary doctorate
degrees from many prestigious universities, including the University of Cambridge.
On a national level his services are acknowledged in the form of four prestigious civil
awards, including these highest national awards: Nishan-e-Imtiaz (2002), Hilal-e-Imtiaz
(1998), Sitara-e-Imtiaz (1991) and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (1983).
At an academic level, Prof. Rahman has 856 publications in several fields of organic chemistry including 658 research
publications, 21 patents, 114 books and 65 chapters in books published largely by major U.S. and European presses. He is
currently the Editor-in-Chief of 12 scientific journals in fields ranging from Medicinal Chemistry to Pharmaceutical Drug
Seventy eight students have completed their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision. He chairs the Network of Academies of
Sciences of Islamic Countries (NASIC) and is the Vice-President (Central & South Asia) of the Academy of Sciences for the
Developing World (TWAS) Council, and Foreign Fellow of Korean Academy of Sciences. Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman was the
President of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (2003-2006) and was again elected as the President of the Academy from 1st of
January 2011. In particular, Prof. Rahman has made outstanding contribution to Letters in Organic Chemistry.
The contributions of Prof. Rahman to the uplifting of science in Pakistan in his capacity as the Federal Minister for Science
& Technology and later as Chairman Higher Education Commission were acknowledged by a high Civil Award of the
government of Austria and TWAS prize for institution building as well as by four editorials in Nature.
Atta-ur-Rahman is a famous and worldwide name in chemical and biological sciences, and he merits, without any doubt, to
have such a tribute in Letters in Organic Chemistry.
The Editorial board wishes health and prosperity to Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman in the years to come.