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Prof. Dr. Venice Gouda

 

One of the pioneers in scientific research in Egypt ... The first woman to occupy the position of Minister of Scientific Research in Egypt in 1993 for four years ... She is Dr. Venice Gouda Kamel Gouda.

Veness Gouda, a doctor of "chemistry", was born on October 7, 1934, and completed primary education in one of the Coptic schools in "Zaytoun" area, and then transferred in the preparatory and baccalaureate levels to Princess Feryal School in Heliopolis.

She obtained her BA from the Faculty of Science at Ain Shams University in 1956, then she obtained her MA and Ph.D. in Philosophy from "Cairo University" in 1962, and returned again to the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University in 1994 to obtain a PhD in Science.

She was appointed as a research assistant at the National Research Center from 1956: 1962, then was appointed as a researcher in natural chemistry in 1962: 1966, and then as a research professor in 1974, and head of the "natural chemistry" department. Then she held the position of a visiting professor at the University of "Ohio" in America from 1974: 1975, she also held the position of Minister of Scientific Research in "October" 1993 until "July" 1997, after which she was chosen as a representative of Egypt in the International Council on Corrosion from 1974, and it was renewed until 2009, and she is considered the first woman in Egypt to be granted a PhD in Science as recommended by the Royal Society of London.

     
 
     

She devoted her attention to scientific research, especially mineral research, for which she won an award, for which she donated its value to the Department of Chemistry at the National Research Center, in which she began her scientific life.

Dr. Venice was the first woman to hold the position of Minister of Scientific Research in Egypt in 1993 for a period of four years, and she is considered one of the pioneers of scientific research in Egypt.

Venice was honored in the field of scientific research by the presidents of the Arab Republic of Egypt, where she received a shield from the late President "Gamal Abdel Nasser" on the eighth science feast and the State Encouragement Prize in Chemical Sciences in 1973, and then President Sadat and former President Hosni Mubarak honored her. She was honored by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, at Science Day celebration, when she was awarded the State Prize for Advanced Technological Sciences.

Dr. Venice won the State Appreciation Prize in Basic Sciences in 2003, and was honored by the National Council for Women in the celebration of "Honoring Egyptian Women Scholars" during the Year of Egyptian Women, and she won the State Encouragement Prize in Basic Sciences in 2003.

She also received the Order of Sciences and Arts of the first class for her services in chemical sciences, the Scientific Excellence Award and the Gold Medal from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences at the level of Arab countries and Arab expatriate scientists in developed countries in 1986.

In 1999, she was chosen from among 10 women from the Third World Organization for Women in International and Local Sciences as Pioneers in the field of science and technology due to her global and local contributions in her field.

She was classified as one of ten Egyptian scientists out of 909 scientists worldwide within the "Scopus International" index. She is the owner of the first school in the corrosion of metals and alloys in Egypt. Scientific years 1988, 1995.

Dr. Venice Gouda has obtained two patents, the first in the field of electrical deposition, registered in the United States of America and 12 other European countries, and the second in the field of protection of reinforcing iron from corrosion, and through the latter, she contributed to achieving tremendous progress in protecting metal and engineering installations.

Dr. Venice presented 141 scientific papers and the results of many of her scientific research were translated, and the results of scientific research were translated through 12 national projects related to the corrosion of metals and alloys, 4 projects with the State of Kuwait and 3 projects with the United States of America, all of which resulted in results that have economic value in protecting metallic and engineering facilities.

She supervised more than 20 masters’ and PhD theses, and has 12 official opening lectures. Her reference books also included a book and 3 articles in the field of metal corrosion, theoretical alloys, and scientific and field applications.

         
   
         

Dr. Venice practiced many scientific activities in her field. She joined many local and foreign scientific and professional societies and organizations, including the Chemical Society of Egypt and the Minerals Society in London, so she supervised many scientific research presented and shared her ideas.

Dr. Venice also prepared an electronic literacy program for research bodies in research centers, and prepared a project for converting garbage into organic fertilizer.

Dr. Venice Gouda passed away last March at the age of 86, and the Ministry of Higher Education under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, headed by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Episcopate, Patriarch of Alexandria for Coptic Catholics, and Chairman of the Council of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops in Egypt mourned her.