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Biography of Zahi HAWASS

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Born on 28/05/1947 (format : day/month/year)

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Dr Zahi Hawass (b. May 28,1947), is a renowned Egyptian archeologist specialized in Egyptology. He is currently the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of  Antiquities .He  is credited with such major discoveries as the tombs of the Giza pyramid builders. His findings have contributed significantly to our knowledge of how these massive monuments were erected and given us important information about the lives of the people who built them. A longtime protector of Egyptian antiquities, Hawass also directed the conservation of the Sphinx at Giza.

Dr Hawass is responsible for many exciting discoveries, since 1999 Hawass has led an excavation and preservation project at Egypt’s Bahariya Oasis, where more than 200 Greco-Roman mummies have been discovered, many of them richly gilded. Dubbed “the Valley of the Golden Mummies,” this ancient cemetery may hold thousands more mummies and is considered one of the most important finds in Egypt since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. Also in Bahariya he is excavating tombs of the
26th-Dynasty (664-525 B.C.) governors who controlled the region.

Born in Damietta, Egypt, on May 28, 1947, Hawass first studied archaeology in Alexandria and Cairo. In 1980 he went to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship, earning his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He has taught Egyptian archaeology, history and culture at Cairo University, the American University in Cairo and UCLA. He holds numerous committee appointments and lectures throughout the world.

Dr. Hawass’s dynamic personality and extensive knowledge have sparked global interest in Ancient Egypt. He has brought the world of the pharaohs into the homes and hearts of people all over the world through his numerous television appearances and books for general audiences.

He is the author of several books on ancient Egypt, including “Silent Images: Women in Pharaonic Egypt” and “The Secrets of the Sphinx.” His best-selling book, “Valley of the Golden Mummies,” was published in five languages. His two books, “Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Unearthing the Masterpieces of Egyptian History” and “Curse of the Pharaohs: My Adventures with Mummies,” were published by National Geographic Books in spring 2004.
Four books are being published by Dr. Hawass in 2006, including: Royal Tombs: of Ancient Egypt; (DeAgostini) The  Great Book of Egypt: the Realm of the Pharaohs (Whitestar); and  Mountains of the Pharaohs: History of the Pyramid Builders  (Doubleday); and The Golden Boy: The World of King Tutankhamun (National Geographic paperback).

Over the course of his long career, Dr. Hawass has received numerous awards and honors. In 2006, Time Magazine chose Dr. Hawass one of the Top 100 Most Influential People for the year 2005. In February 2005, Dr. Hawass received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the American University in Cairo. In August of 2005, he participated in Adventures of the Mind, sharing his experiences and expertise with 150 of the most accomplished high school students in the United States. Mansoura University has honored Dr. Hawass for his many achievements and contributions to Egyptian society and to the archeological community world wide; and the Egyptological Society in Spain chose him as one of five distinguished Egyptians for the year 2002.
In 2000 Hawass received the Distinguished Scholar award from the Association of Egyptian
 American Scholars and was one of 30 international figures to receive the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement. He has also received the First Class Award in Art and ScienceHosni Mubarak. from Egypt’s president, He was appointed a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence in 2001.

Last update : 06/29/2008

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