Arabic: فاروق الباز
Born: January 2, 1938
Farouq el-Baz is an Egyptian-American scientist known in Egypt for a controversial development project and abroad for working with NASA in planning the scientific exploration of the moon.
He has worked as a professor in various universities across the world, and is currently the Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University in the United States.
Baz proposed highly a controversial development project, the ‘Development Corridor,’ which he argues will greatly contribute to Egypt’s development. The Development Corridor aims to establish an international highway in Egypt’s western desert.
It would involve laying some 750 miles (1,200 km) of an eight-lane superhighway through the desert, as well as a railway, water pipeline, power line, and roads to connect the highway with various major cities. It also aims to establish as many as 200 new cities and half a million villages.
The project has met severe criticism from other engineers.
Following Egypt’s January 25 Revolution, Baz praised the Egyptian people and described the revolution as a main aspect of improving the image of Egyptians in the international community.