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