Prof. Ahmed Mohamed Abdelaziz El-Kammar (born on 7th of August 1946) is Emeritus Professor of Geochemistry at the Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Cairo University. 

He was graduated from Faculty of Science, Assiut University (Geology and Chemistry) with grade “Distinction with Honor” in 1967. In the same year, he was appointed in the Department of Geology, Cairo University to start his academic carrier as a demonstrator.

His M.Sc. (1971) and Ph.D. (1974) projects were carried out on the economic phosphate deposits of Egypt. In 1972, he was awarded Diploma of mineral prospecting from the Montanistichen Hochschule of Leoben in Austria. While carrying out his Ph.D., he discovered potential concentration of the rare earth elements in the phosphate deposits of Abu Tartur. This discovery was published in 1974 and 1975.

Prof. El-Kammar was granted in the period 1972-1973 a fellowship for advanced geochemical research in the Arsenal of Vienna. In 1978-1980 he was awarded the Norad fellowship in the University of Bergen in Norway, while in 1986-1987 he was awarded the Fulbright fellowship in the University of Virginia in the USA. In 1996 however he was invited to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna to carry out research on the isotope hydrogeology.

After the award of the Ph.D. in 1974, he was appointed as “Lecturer”, and then promoted to “Associate Professor” in 1980 and “Professor” in 1985. His main domain was geochemistry in its broad since; including inorganic, organic, environmental and radiometric geochemistry.

Prof. El-Kammar was appointed as Chairperson in the Department of Geology of the UAE University in 1995-1996 and in the Department of Geology of Cairo University in 2002-2006. He was nominated as a member of thePermanent Promotional Scientific Committee of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Universities during the periods (2002-2005), (2005-2008) and (2008-2013). Currently, he is a Member of the “Supreme Advisory Committee for Basic Sciences”, Supreme Council of the Egyptian Universities. He was also nominated as member of the Permanent Promotional Scientific Committee of the Nuclear Material Authority of Egypt since 2002 until now, the National Research Center (2002-2005), and Al-Azhar University (2006-2012).

Currently, he is a member of the Geological Society of Egypt, Egyptian Mineralogists Association, Arab Mining and Petroleum Association, Egyptian Sedimentologists Association and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sedimentology of Egypt (2010-2012).  In April 2008, he organized a symposium on the “Sustainable Development of Ore Deposits” which was held in the Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority and was sponsored by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology. He organized also various workshops and training courses for isotope hydrology in arid environments, in the (Al-Ain) United Arab Emirates University (1995-1998).

He is a reviewer for many international, regional and local journals in the field of geology in general and geochemistry in particular. He is also a referee of the State Awards, Universities Awards, Fulbright Commission Awards and grants provided by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology. He has supervised more than 70 M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis awarded from Cairo University, UAE University and most universities in Egypt.

Prof. El-Kammar is a co-author of the three books; (1) The Earth (in Arabic), for non-Geology Students in Al-Ain University, Published by UAE Univ., 1996-1998, 246 p., (2) Human bones as archaeological samples, Chapter 18, Archaeological Chemistry IV, Advances in Chemistry Series, 220, Analytical Chemical Society, Washington (1989), p. 508, and (3) Hydrocarbon generating basins and migration pathway in Gulf of Suez, LAP Lambert Academic publishing, Verlag, Germany, 72 p., 2013, ISBN: 978-3-659-43886-8.

Since 1974 and until now, he has published about 100 papers in international, regional and local journals. His name was to large extent linked to the phosphate deposits, oil (black) shale, the rare earth elements (REE), the natural radioactive resources and environmental geochemistry.

However, Prof. El-Kammar had participated in a large number of local and international projects. One of his latest consultation activity was the exploration and evaluation of the oil shale in Egypt that started in 2006 and concluded in 2010, with a total budget of 1.25 million US$ sponsored by DanaGas© Egypt and supervised by the Ministry of Petroleum and mineral resources of Egypt. The project involved detailed field investigations on the main oil shale occurrences in Egypt, drilling of 10 wells, full organic and inorganic analyses of about 2000 borehole samples, gamma spectrometry of the 10 wells, Fisher assay and several experiments of oil retorting in USA, Russia and Canada. The project concluded confidential data on the potentiality of the oil shale especially in the Safaga-Qusier region (Red Sea).