Born 2 January 1938; Zagazig, Egypt
United States Citizen (28 April 1970; Alexandria, Virginia)
Married: Catherine Patricia (O’Leary)
Four daughters: Monira (Mika), Soraya, Karima, and Fairouz
Six grandchildren: Yasmeen Grace, Alia Nisreen, William Lewis Jr., and Ian Ford (Shuler); Sarah Catherine (Moody); and Ava Frances (Moore)


Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt 1954-1958: B.Sc., Chemistry & Geology
Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy 1960-1961: M.S., Geology
University of Missouri at Rolla 1961-1962}
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1962-1963}
University of Missouri at Rolla 1963-1964} Ph.D., Geology

Receiving Honorary Doctor of Science degree from New England College

Receiving Honorary Doctor of Science degree from New England College

Honorary Degrees

  • D.Sc. (1989) New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire
  • Professional Degree (2002) University of Missouri, Rolla, Missouri
  • Ph.D. (2003) Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
  • Doctor of Laws (2004) American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
  • Doctor of Engineering (2004) University of Missouri, Rolla

Language Proficiency

Fluent in Arabic and English
Conversational knowledge of German
Reading ability of French and some Spanish

Special Training

Mining Geology (Summer 1957): Trainee and mine geologist, El-Kholy Mining Company; manganese mines near Abu-Zuneima, Sinai, Egypt.

Stratigraphic Micropalaeontology (1958-1960): Graduate (M.Sc.) Study of environment-controlled evolution of fossilized microfauna in Mesozoic-Cenozoic sedimentary rocks of Gabal El-Sharawna, near Esna on the west bank of the Nile Valley, Upper Egypt.

Porosity and Permeability Measurements (Summer 1959): Laboratory methods of measuring porosity and permeability of sedimentary rocks at the Eastern Oil Company Laboratories, Abu-Rudais, Sinai, Egypt.

Meteorite Mineralogy (1964-1965): Research work on the identification and textural relationships of meteorite minerals with Professor Paul Ramdohr at the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, Germany.

Electric Well Logging (Fall 1966): Condensed course on geophysical electric well logging as applied to petroleum exploration, Schlumberger Company, Paris, France.

Psychology of Supervision (Winter 1970): Course on employer/employee relationships given to supervisors of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company and Bell Telephone Laboratories, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Brookings Institution Seminar (Fall 1978): Science management seminar given to senior science executives from various agencies of the United States Government, Williamsburg, Virginia.