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Yemeni scientist awarded for invisibility theory

Tuesday March 26, 2013 10:44:14 PM, Agencies

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 his research.

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.



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