In memory of Dr. Ismail Zakout (03.12.1965 - 06.02.2013)
With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Dr. Ismail
Zakout. Dr. Zakout died in London, Ontario, Canada on February 6,
2013. His whole life was dedicated to physics.
Dr. Zakout was born in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories. He studied
physics at Birzeit University (West Bank) and at the Middle East
Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, where he received his PhD.
Subsequently he became a lecturer and researcher at Bethlehem
University, Palestinian Territories and later also joined the
Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, Gaza. He held
postdoctoral research fellowships at Stanford University and Harvard
Dr. Zakout's contact to Frankfurt began in 1999 when he joined the
Institute for Theoretical Physics as a recurring visitor in the
framework of the German-Palastinian-Israeli trilateral agreement
funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). In 2004 he obtained
an Alexander von Humboldt Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, staying
at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS). His last
research visit to Frankfurt was in 2010/2011 on a grant of the
Helmholtz International Center for FAIR.
The research interests of Dr. Zakout were focussed on strong
interaction physics. He studied the structure of mesons and of nuclear
matter in the framework of the quark-meson coupling model. His recent
work dealt with the thermodynamics of the nuclear fireball in
heavy-ion collisions and the phase transition to the quark-gluon
Dr. Zakout was highly a highly motivated scientist, pursuing his
research projects always with great energy and enthusiasm. He is
remembered for his kindness and his dedication to physics.
Ismail Zakout is survived by his brothers, sister, spouse and two children.
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