Palestinian physicist Sufian Tayeh assumed the presidency of the Islamic University of Gaza (social media)

A Palestinian academic and physicist, who assumed the position of President of the Islamic University in Gaza, and was one of the leading researchers in the fields of physics and applied mathematics, born in 1971 and martyred in the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip in 2023.

Birth and upbringing

Sufian Abd al-Rahman Tayeh was born in Gaza's Jabalia camp on August 20, 1971, grew up in Jabalya camp, studied and worked in Gaza City.

Scientific and professional career

Sufyan Tayeh received his formal education in the schools of Jabalia refugee camp where he was born, specifically in schools of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

He then joined the Islamic University of Gaza and studied physics, finishing his bachelor's degree in 1994, and then worked at the same university as a teaching assistant, then as a post-master's teacher, and then as an assistant professor.

In 2004, he began working on his doctoral thesis and finished it in 2007, after which he resumed work at the Islamic University of Gaza.

While studying for his doctorate, the occupation army arrested Sufyan Tayeh at the Rafah crossing in 2005 while he was on his way to Egypt to complete the procedures for submitting his thesis at Ain Shams University.

In 2018, he was appointed assistant professor general, and he says about his work at the Islamic University, "I realized from the first moments that the university's mission is not to teach and graduate generations, but to scientific research, community service, then teaching, and the main task is scientific research."

Sofiane Tayeh holds a professorship in theoretical physics and applied mathematics. Upon completing his doctorate in 2007, he joined a research team at the Islamic University, which he credits his scientific career with.

At the Islamic University, he was the head of the physics department from 2008 to 2011 and was appointed president of the university in August 2023.

Academic activity

Researcher Sofiane Tayeh submitted a proposal for scientific research at the University of Montreal in Canada, which was in the field of optical sensors.

Prof. Ahmed Hamdan co-presented a paper entitled "Improving the Waveguide Sensitivity of Panels and Fiber Optic Sensors".

The research project aims to explore multilayer waveguide structures (more than 3 layers) for the purpose of optical biosensing, study the effect of hesotropic materials on the sensitivity of waveguide structures to plates, study more photovoltaic crystals (binary and triple) with different compositions, and the number of different layers of biosensitivity.

Sufyan Tayeh killed in an Israeli strike on December 2, 2023 (social media)


Saturday, December 2, 2023, after the end of the temporary truce between the resistance and the occupation forces, Sufian Tayeh and his family were martyred in an Israeli raid targeting the Fallujah area in Jabalia, north of Gaza, in which the occupation committed a massacre.

The Ministries of Higher Education and Scientific Research mourned the martyr Sufyan Tayeh, and the Palestinian Ministry of Culture pointed to his scientific virtues, his great contributions to the field of scientific research, and his busy career that ended the Israeli aggression at the age of 52.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Won Palestine Islamic Bank Award for Scientific Research for 2019 and 2020.
  • In March 2023, he was appointed holder of the UNESCO Chair for Physics, Royal Physics and Space Sciences in Palestine.
  • He received the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Young Arab Scientists.
  • He won the Islamic University Award for Scientific Research for the year 2021.

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