The Royal Society London was established in 1645 under the charter of Royal Decree of the United Kingdom. Since then the Society has had some of the most eminent scientists of the world including over 100 Nobel Laureates and such luminaries as Sir Issac Newton and Sir Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein as its Fellows. Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society on 14th July, 2006.

Prof. Rahman is well known in his field for his prolific research publications in the field of natural products chemistry, for the excellent international chemistry conferences which he regularly organizes in Pakistan, and for his contributions in the establishment of one of the best centers in natural products chemistry (H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry).

He was awarded the degree, Doctor of Science, of Cambridge University (Sc.D.), which was conferred, on him in October 1987. Sir Syed Engineering University awarded D.Sc. to Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman in October 2003, Gomal University awarded D.Sc. degree in April 2004 while University of Karachi honoured him with D.Sc. in 2005. He was the first recipient of the award of “Scientist of the Year” (for 1985) conferred by the Government of Pakistan in 1987, and he was awarded the “Islamic Organization Prize” by the Minister of Health of Kuwait on behalf of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science for the year 1987 after an international competition (conferred on him in Cairo in November 1988). He has received the First Khwarazmi Prize after a competition between scientists of 57 Islamic countries. The prize was conferred on him by the President of Iran on 8th February, 1993. He was conferred the Award of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies in Hiroshima, Japan in 1997. He has won four Civil Awards (Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Highest National Award), Hilal-e-lmtiaz. Sitara-i-lmtiaz and Tamgha-e-lmtiaz) and was also the President of the Chemical Society of Pakistan. He received the prestigious UNESCO Prize in a special ceremony in Budapest, Hungary in June 1999. He is the first Muslim scientist who has received this international honor.

Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman has been elected as the president of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences twice from 2003-2006 and 2011 – 2014, he is the president of the Network of Academies of Sciences in the Countries of the Organization of Islamic Conferences (NASIC) (2004-present).


In recognition of global outstanding services to the development of Science and Technology the largest university in Malaysia, University of Technology Mara, Malaysia UiTM, has established an institution entitled, “Atta-ur-Rahman Institute of Natural Product Discovery (Atta-ur-Rahman Institute, AuRins)” in 2013., The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) has also established an Institute “Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Bio Sciences (ASAB)” at their university in Islamabad in 2011. In recognition of his services a building of the ICCBS Institutions, the University of Karachi has named The Third World Center for Science and Technology building after him entitled, “Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman Laboratories” in 2011.   In recognition of my visionary leadership, untiring struggle and momentum for the uplift o Higher Education in Pakistan, the Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (IBGE), University of Agriculture Peshawar, a prestigious institute that plays its role in the field of Agriculture, livestock and human health has established a new block of IBGE in my name, called Prof. Dr. Atta-ur- Rahman block of IBGE.
(1). President, Network of Academies of Sciences of OIC Member Countries (Organization of Islamic Conference) (NASIC) (January 2004-present)
(2). Chairman, EMRO (Easterm Mediterranean Regional Office) of the World Health Organization, ACHR (Advisory Committee on Health Research), February 2004.
(3). Awarded the highest national Civil Award of Nishan-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan on 14th August 2002.
(4). Awarded the ISESCO Chemistry Award for 2001 on 22nd December 2001. The award conferred by Amir UAE, Shaikh Al-Qasmi in Sharjah.
(5). Awarded the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Prize” on 14th June 2000, in Tehran, Iran, by the President of Iran for outstanding scientific contributions, including a cash award of USD 7,500/-
(6). Awarded the “UNESCO Science Prize” for outstanding research by the Director General UNESCO on 29th June, 1999 in Budapest, Hungary.
(7). Awarded the Civil Award of Hilal-i-lmtiaz by the President of Pakistan on 23rd March 1998.
(8). Member of the Scientific Partnership Foundation Council of Trustees (2004).
(9). Gold Medal of the Scientific Partnership Charitable Foundation, Inter Bio Screen Ltd., Moscow, Russia, for Contribution to the World Science and Scientific Partnership, January 2004.
(10). Awarded Babai Urdu Award,1994 by Babai Urdu Research Centre, Federal Govt. Urdu College, Karachi.
(11). Awarded Civil Award of “Sitara-i-lmtiaz” by the President of Pakistan on 23rd March, 1991.
(12). Awarded the Civil Award of “Tamgha-i-lmtiaz” by the President of Pakistan on 23rd March, 1983.
(13). Selected for the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) 1999 Award in Chemical Sciences, which will be conferred on him at the Opening Ceremony of hte Third World Academy of Sciences 7th General Conference to be held in Dakar, Senegal in December, 1999.
(14). Awarded First Prize of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies at the 7th Asian Chemical Societies Conference at Tokyo, Japan on 19th May (1997).
(15). Awarded First Pakistan Academy of Sciences-INFAQ Foundation Prize, Gold Medal by Mr. Waseem Sajjad, Chairman. Senate in March, (1996).
(16). Awarded the Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Gold Medal by the Pakistan Intellectuals Forum (1995).
(17). Awarded 1st Prize at the 6th Khwarazmi Festival by The President of Iran on 8th February, 1993 on account of a project selected for the first prize by the Iranian Research Organization for Science & Technology in a competition between scientists from 54 Islamic Countries.
(18). Awarded Ist “Islamic Organization Prize” for the year 1987 by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences in November, 1988.
(19). Awarded best “Scientist of the Year Award”(for 1985) and prize of Rs. 2 lacs by Prime Minister of Pakistan on 19th March, 1987.
(20). Awarded “FPCCI Prize for Technological Innovation” by Prime Minister of Pakistan on behalf of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries on 30th July, 1985.
(21). Awarded Open Gold Medal of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1984).
(22). Awarded Gold Medal of the Government of Kuwait at the First World Conference on Islamic Medicine (1980).
(23). Awarded Gold Medal of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (Under 40) by the President of Pakistan in October, 1977.
(24). ‘Awarded the First Prize of Rs. 100,000 on the book entitled “One and Two Dimensional NMR Spectroscopy” under the scheme “Award on Books on Sciences, Social Sciences and Literature” by Pakistan National Book Council, Government of Pakistan.
(25). Awarded highest civil award Grosse Goldene Ehrenzeischen am Bande (2007) by the  Austrian Government in recognition of his eminent contributions.
(26). Awarded TWAS Prize for building Scientific Institutions in Trieste, Italy, 2009
(27). Awarded the Engro Excellence Award by the Engro Corporation Ltd., 2010.
(28). HEC National Distinguished Professor, 2011.
(29). Professor Emeritus , University of Karachi, 2011
(30). Awarded Saakinan-e-Shehr Quaid Award,2011 by Saakinan-e-Sher Quaid Turust,
(31). Honorary Membership of Balim Akademisi in 2012 Turkey
(32). Awarded prestigious “Einstein Professorship” by Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 2013
(33). International Scientific Corporation Award by Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) for building scientific collaborations between China and Pakistan (announced in January 10, 2014) conferred on September 30, 2014.
(34). Highest Award of China, “The Friendship Award of China” conferred on September 29, 2104.
(35). Invited as International Distinguished Lecturer by the Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.