Dr. Akram al-Omainey
(Photo: Yemen Times)
Dubai: Human beings can be made invisible,
a Yemeni scientist recently suggested after unveiling
award-winning research pointing to a theory on the invisibility of
objects, according to a news report on Sunday.
The Yemeni professor was recently
honored in Britain for his theory on the invisibility of objects.
At the British Science Festival, Al-Omainey received the Isambard
Kingdom Brunel Award, an award given annually to young engineers
and scientists who exhibit outstanding communication skills when
before a non-specialist audience.
Dr. Akram al-Omainey has delivered his research over the past 18
months through a series of talks delivered to large audiences,
including well-known scientists in the United Kingdom.
He now says he can make objects, and even humans, invisible.
Thinking beyond the normal boundaries of science, Omainey
explained that “the idea was quite intriguing since it was based
on making stuff disappear – or correctly making them invisible.”
He claims that there is potential to even make buildings
“disappear” for radio and mobile signals to improve telephone
quality. Although the theory has been proven to be possible, it is
yet to be tested in reality.
"My main research focus was on the influence of radio signals on
the human body and vice-versa, which to the external spectator
seems to be a straightforward and direct problem and solution
equation,” Omainey was quoted as saying in pan-Arab entertainment
website al-Bawaba on Sunday.
“It is, however, a complex issue due to the realization that we
humans are not only physiologically and psychologically complex:
we are also one complicated electric machine, with each organ and
blood vein carrying different properties,” Omainey added.
After completing his secondary education in Riyadh in 1988,
Omainey moved to London and received his Master’s degree in
Communications Engineering in 2003, followed by a PhD in Advanced
Electrical and Electronic Studies in 2007, both from Queen Mary
University in London. His theory on invisibility gained him a
lectureship position at the university, allowing him to continue
Despite acquiring his secondary and university level education in
Saudi Arabia and the UK, Omainey still regards Yemen as the
foundation for his inspiration.
"Yemen has always been the center of my life, as my parents made
sure that we remembered who we are and where we came from. We knew
everything about Yemeni culture and heritage. We visited our
country frequently, and we managed to enhance the bond with our
homeland, Arabia Felix,” reported the Yemen Times.