By Syed Aslam
Sameera Moussa was born on March 3, 1917 in Egypt. She was an outstanding Egyptian scientist. In 1939 she graduated from Cairo University with Bachelor of Science degree in radiology . She was appointed first as a demonstrator but because of her ability she became Assistant Professor at the university, she was first woman to hold an university post in those days. Sameera Moussa completed her PhD degree in England on atomic radiation. Being the first women to obtain a Ph.D. degree in atomic radiation, she earnestly sought to make nuclear treatment available for every one. During her visit to America on Fulbright scholarship she was invited to visit a place of interest in August of 1952. On her way to the place she was going she had car accident. The car fell down 40 feet down hill which killed her immediately. The accident was a mystery because the body of the driver could not be found at the place of accident. It is believed that driver jumped from the car just before it went down. The mysterious death of Sameera led people to believe that it was a planned assassination, most probably the Israeli Mossad.
Here in England while she was pursuing her studies she devoted her time and efforts to learn more about the peaceful use of radioactive atom in combating cancer, especially when her mother went through a fierce battle against cancer. Throughout her intensive research, she came up with a historic equation that would help break the atoms of common metals such as copper.
With an overwhelming drive to impart her knowledge to those who crave for it, she sponsored an international conference under the banner â€œAtom for Peaceâ€ where many scientific figures were invited. The conference made a number of recommendations for setting up a committee for the protection against the nuclear bomb hazards in which she was an active member.
Sameera Moussa received the Fulbright scholarship in Atomic Radiation Program and came to University of California at Barkley where she did some significant work in her field . In recognition of her outstanding work and deep knowledge she was allowed to visit the US secret atomic facilities. The visit raised vehement debate in US academic and scientific circles as Sameera was the first non US citizen to have access to such facilities.
She was offered the opportunity to receive Green Card so she could stay here in USA but she turned down the offer and preferred to return home to pursue her dream of harnessing atomic power for peace and the welfare of all humanity. But her life was cut short by the planed accident otherwise she could done a lot of work in her field of research. The Egyptian government have dedicated her name to the Atomic Department of the National Research. Her library has been donated to the university which have her own writings on Madame Curie, human struggle and other themes.