- Adnan Badran
Prof. Badran is a scientist, academic and a politician. He obtained his BSc. from Oklahoma State University, USA (1959), and his MSc. (1961) and PhD. (1963) both, from Michigan State University, USA. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Sung Kyuakwan University (1981), Seoul, Republic of Korea, and Honorary Science Doctorate from Michigan State University (2007). He received West Watkins distinguished lectureship award from Oklahoma State University (2009), USA. A professor for forty-five years, he was Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Jordan (1971-1976), and then the founding President of Yarmouk University and Technology University, Jordan (1976-1986), Secretary General of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, Jordan (1986 – 1987), Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Education. Jordan (1989), Assistant Director General for Science (ADG/SC), (1990-1994), Deputy Director General (DDG), UNESCO, Paris (1994-1998), President of Philadelphia University(1998-2005), Prime Minister of Jordan & Minister of Defence (2005), Senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education Science, Culture and Media (2006-2010). He served as the President of Petra University, Jordan (2007-2014), and President of the Arab Academy of Sciences, Beirut, (2003- ), Chairman of the Board of the Trustees of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), Beirut (2008- ). Chairman of the Administrative Board of Arab Thought Forum, Amman (2009- ), member of UNESCO Good-Will committee on Discrimination in Education (2011- ).
He is also a fellow of the The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) & (IAS), a member of the Institute of Biological Sciences, member of the World Affairs Council (1980- ). President of the board of National Center of Human Rights (2008-2011), President of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Human Rights (APF) Sidney (2009-2011), Member of Int'l coordinating committee of human rights, Geneva. Advisory Board Member of the Arab Thought Foundation, Beirut (2009- ). Vice President of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) (1990-2000), executive board member of: International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), International Council of Scientific Union (ICSU), International Association of Universities (IAU) and Universities Presidents (IAUP), Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), UNESCO bio-Science network. Royal Society of Conversation of Nature (RSCN), member of the board of Masdar Institute of Technology (2007- ).
Prof. Badran published twenty books covering textbooks in biology, environment and energy, and 100 scientific papers and articles published in plant metabolism and oxidative enzymes, in science and technology, education, environment and culture, i.e. Education in Transition in Middle East (Paragon book 1987), Agriculture in Middle East, (Paragon 1990). Biology and Health, UNESCO New Trends in Education (1986) and Strategy of S & T for Development in the Arab region.
He produced four major patents (U.S. & Europe), in enzymes extraction, environmental control of perishable food.
Prof. Badran received awards of the highest Renaissance medal (Al-Nahda), Yarmouk medal, Khalid Bin Walid medal, Alfonso the Tenth medal, Spain, Hall of Fame alumni award (OSU), Independence National medal (Estiklal), Arab Thought Foundation award for best researcher in higher education in the Arab world (2005). He received the TWAS Regional Prize for "Building Scientific Institutions", Durban, South Africa, (2009), Asia Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education 2011, and Shoman Award for Peer Review of Young Arab scientists.
He currently serves as the President of Higher Council of the National Center for Curriculum Development, Jordan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Jordan, and the Chancellor of University of Petra.