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Dr. Sufyan Tayeh

Distinguished Physicist, Academic Leader, Innovator

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Date of Birth:



Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Dr. Sufyan Altayeh is recognized for his outstanding contributions to theoretical physics and applied mathematics, his significant role in academic leadership, and his dedication to scientific research and community service in Palestine.

Brief bio

Dr. Sufyan Altayeh was a prominent Palestinian physicist and academic, known for his pioneering research in theoretical physics and applied mathematics. He served as the President of the Islamic University of Gaza and was an influential figure in academia and research, deeply committed to scientific advancement and education in Palestine.

Major Milestones


  • 1994: Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Islamic University of Gaza and began working as a teaching assistant.

  • 2004-2007: Worked on and completed his doctoral thesis, resuming his teaching position at the Islamic University.

  • 2008-2011: Served as the Head of the Physics Department at the Islamic University​​.

  • 2018: Appointed as an assistant professor at the Islamic University, emphasizing the importance of scientific research and community service.

  • 2023: Became President of the Islamic University of Gaza shortly before being killed by the Israeli occupation...See More

  • Research in Optical Sensors: Collaborated on a research project with the University Of Montreal, Canada, focusing on sensitivity enhancement in optical waveguide sensors.

  • Leadership in Physics and Applied Mathematics: Recognized as a leading figure in his fields, significantly contributing to the development of these areas in Palestinian academia.

  • Recognition as a Top Global Researcher: Ranked among the top 2% of researchers worldwide in 2021​​​​.

  • Award-Winning Scientific Work: Received the Palestine Islamic Bank Award for Scientific Research (2019, 2020), the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Young Arab Scientists, and the Islamic University Award for Scientific Research (2021)​​.

  • UNESCO Chair for Physical, Astrophysical and Space Sciences: Appointed holder of this prestigious position in 2023, highlighting his global impact in the sciences​

Date of Last Update: 
January 7, 2024

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