Nazeer Ahmed (space scientist)

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Dr. Nazeer Ahmed
Born (1939-09-28) 28 September 1939 (age 82)
Tumkur, Karnataka
Residence California, US and Bangalore, India

Dr. Nazeer Ahmed is a scientist, inventor, historian, legislator and philanthropist.


Nazeer Ahmed was born in Tumkur in the princely state of Mysore, India in 1939 into a farming family. His father Abdul Azeem was a Sufi spiritual scholar of the Qadariya Order. He achieved the first rank to the state in the public examination of 1952 and won the Maharaja of Mysore gold medal. Because of the consistency with which he maintained his rank status in state level and interstate examinations, he is known in Karnataka as "Rank Nazeer".

In 1961 he proceeded to the California Institute of Technology as Institute Scholar and as a Tata Scholar. He obtained his MS and AeE degrees from Caltech. In 1964–65 he worked in Huntsville, Alabama on the Saturn, Apollo and Lunar Land Rover Projects at the Marshall Space Flight Center. In 1967 he obtained a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University. He studied management under Peter Drucker at New York University and obtained an MBA from Rider University, New Jersey. In 1977, he returned briefly to India and was elected a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from the 57th constituency.

Dr. Ahmed with a mockup AOA Sensor 1986

Dr. Nazeer Ahmed worked as project manager on the Hubble Space Telescope. He designed, assembled, tested and delivered diffraction-limited performance in its secondary mirror assembly. Between 1984 and 1997 he was program manager on several strategic and tactical programs. Dr. Nazeer Ahmed holds twelve US patents in advanced composites and space-based lasers. He was a chairman of the AIRAPT conference in high pressure physics in Denver, Colorado in 1977. He has published a large numberTemplate:Vague of papers in scientific journals including Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Applied Mechanics, Journal of Basic Engineering, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and other publications.

Dr. Nazeer Ahmed has written extensively on Islamic history and culture ( His two-volume study Islam in Global History was published in the United States and translated into Urdu. He is the author of an Encyclopedia of Islamic History (History of Islam) and a spiritual treatise "What Makes Us Human?". Template:As of Dr. Nazeer Ahmed is the director of the American Institute of Islamic History and Culture in California and a senior advisor to the World Organization for Resource Development and Education in Washington, DC and to HMS Institute of Technology, India. He also serves on the Steering Committee of Elijah Institute, Jerusalem, Israel.

Dr. Nazeer Ahmed translated the Qur'an into American English; the translation was released by Maulana Rashdi of Jami Masjid Bangalore.

Dr. Nazeer Ahmed was elected a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 42nd Congressional District in California in 1988. He was a candidate for US Congress, 46 CA Congressional District in 1992.

In India he set up a scholarship fund in the late 1990s called Rank Nazeer Foundation to support poor students.

In 2013 Dr. Ahmed was appointed a member of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission whose mandate is to transform Karnataka into a knowledge based state be it in agriculture, science, technology, arts, sports or traditional knowledge.





  • M.B.A. (Management), Rider University, Trenton, NJ. June 75
  • PhD (Applied Mechanics), Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. June 67
  • Ae.E. (Aeronautics), Caltech, Pasadena, CA, June 64
  • M.S. (Aeronautics), Caltech, Pasadena, CA, June 62
  • BS (Engineering), University of Mysore (Summa Cum Laude), India, June 61
  • PE, State of California


  • 12 United States Patents in space based lasers and engineering


Dr.Ahmed in front of school in Nazerabad Tumkur, India which he built in 1967 incorporation with the United States Peace Corps.

Professional and academic experience

Contribution to community

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A view of burial ground at Tumkur City donated by Nazeer Ahmed.
Rank Nazeer Saheb Eidgah constructed by Nazeer Ahmed.

The unique Eidgah combines traditional Indian designs with subtle mathematics from space sciences.

Dr. Ahmed designed and built a unique Eidgah (outdoor prayer complex) at Tumkur, located seventy kms from Bangalore, India. According to the inscription beside the Eidgah, this structure has the divine name "Allah" built into the structure and seen as a reflection, suggesting that the world is illusory and only a reflection of the heavens. Each of the smaller minarets is nineteen feet from the ground and the intermediate sized minarets are nineteen feet from the base. So, altogether there are six minarets that are nineteen feet each. The number nineteen is a mystical number in Islam; six times nineteen is 114, which is the total number of surahs in the Qur'an, the holy book of Islam. Straight lines drawn from the apex of the minarets intersect where the word "Hu" is inscribed in a red circle. The subtended angle of 112 degrees is twice the natural flow angle of the earth. This flow angle is a solution to a Legendre polynomial of the second order which was presented in a paper by Ahmed at the fourth National Congress of Applied Mechanics at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. in 1972. Huwa is the abstract divine pronoun for God, most exalted. The circle is a reminder of "two bows length or less" wrapped around Muhammed when he is said to have stood in the divine presence during Me'raj. The entire structure is enclosed in a "golden rectangle" such that the ratio of the width of the base to the height of the two large minarets is approximately 1.62. Ahmed also built mosques (1995) and a school in Tumkur, India in co-operation with the Peace Corps of the United States (1967).


  1. US Patent 4806027
  2. US Patent 4242897
  3. US Patent 4856172
  4. US Patent 4369083
  5. US Patent 4271790
  6. US Patent 4341580
  7. US Patent 4220029
  8. US Patent 4096721
  9. US Patent 4076335
  10. US Patent 4177658
  11. US Patent 4015765

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