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Prof. Dr. Ali Helmy, pioneer of computational Arabic linguistics


He has a long journey of faith knowledge of nearly fifty years, witnessed a precedent and leadership in employing computational linguistics in the service of the Arabic language and the discovery of the rhetorical miracle in the language of the Holy Qur’an.

Prof. Dr. Ali Helmy Ahmed Moussa was born in 1933 in Alexandria and received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with distinction from Ain Shams University and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from the University of London in the United Kingdom.

He has taught theoretical physics at Ain Shams Universities, the American University in Cairo, Kuwait University, and King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah.

During his academic presence at Ain Shams University, he established the first research unit at the level of Egyptian universities in the field of theoretical atomic physics, as well as a multimedia unit for the production of physics software. He also headed the Physics Department during the period from 1974 to 1986.


He also led a research team to detect archeology using advanced techniques, and was able to discover gaps in the "Sphinx" statue.

Prof. Dr. Ali Helmy headed the research team of the UNESCO Project for Physics Education Software in Arab Universities.

Since the early days of computing and its sciences, Dr. Helmy emphasized the importance of employing it in the service of the Arabic language, and he was a pioneer in this field, as he conducted several statistical studies using the computer for the roots of Al-Sihah Dictionary; The roots of the Arabic vocabulary are of two parts: the three roots and the non-three roots, the roots of Tag Al-Arous lexicon, and the roots of Lisan Al Arab lexicon.

He has also published about seventy scientific papers in his field of specialization and five books in computational linguistics, at the forefront of which is: “The Words of the Noble Qur’an – A Technological Practical Study,” which included many numbers, statistics and tables, including counting the words of the Qur’an according to their first letter and the number of their letters, and counting the names of flags and people. and places, statistics of words derived from triple and non-triangular roots, statistics of the pronunciation of majesty and names of God the Most Beautiful; Through his book, he showed examples of the astonishing rhetorical miracle in the Noble Qur’an.

Dr. Helmy was appreciated by the scientific community both internally and externally and received a number of scientific awards, including the Amin Lutfi Prize in Physics in 1964 AD, the State Encouragement Award in Physics in 1974 AD, the Medal of Science and Arts of the first class in 1976 AD, and the King Faisal International Prize for Arabic Language and literature for the year 2012. He was also elected president of the International Federation for Computing the Arabic Language, which was founded in the Netherlands in 1993.


He was also a member of the Arabic Language Academy, the Egyptian Scientific Academy, the Egyptian Academy for Scientific Culture, the British Society, the Egyptian Computer Society, the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Research Council of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in Egypt, and the Pugwash International Society for Science and International Problems. He is a fellow of the British Physical Society.

Dr. Helmy passed away our world on the 9th of October 2015 leaving a huge and unique scientific and linguistic legacy, and an example of devotion to work.