Pakistani Professor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary has been awarded the 2021 Mustafa Prize Laureate for his contributions to the field of bio-organic chemistry on Wednesday.

Established in 2012 by Iran, the prestigious science and technology prize is granted biennially to the top researchers and scientists from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states. The prize was dubbed the Muslim Nobel in 2016 by Science Magazine and is awarded in four different areas of technology.

Mohamed H. Sayegh, Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Yahya Tayalati, Cumrun Wafa and Zahid Hasan are the 2021 Mustafa Prize laureates. The laureates were each awarded $500,000.

Prof Dr Iqbal Choudhary, is the director of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) at the University of Karachi and has published many books and articles in the field of natural product chemistry.

Dr Iqbal, who holds a DSc and a PhD, has been awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.

He has been elected a fellow by renowned academies including the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Islamic World Academy of Sciences, Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Chemical Society of Pakistan.

Prof Iqbal has previously been honored by the president of Iran with the Khwarizmi International Award; president of Azerbaijan with the ECO Award in Education; and the prime minister of Pakistan with COMSTECH Award in Chemistry.

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