Written by Prof. Baher El- Kaliouby (Ain Shams Univ., Egypt)


Prof. El Sayed Samir Omar El Gaby passed away on March 13, 2012, after a long illness at the age of seventy- eight. He was born on May 29, 1934, in Cairo. He entered Cairo University, receiving in 1954 his Bachelor of Science degree (B. Sc.) in special Geology (Excellent) with highest honors.  He assumed a Fellowship student position at the National Research Center in February 1955.

Thereafter, he started his Ph. D. at the Munchen University, Western Germany, where he received his Ph. D. degree in July 1962.

After finishing his studies in Germany, Prof. El Gay was employed as a member of the teaching staff at Assuit University. The years at Assuit were busy and productive. It would be difficult to list all of his many accomplishments and honors during the period from 1962 to 2012. During his tenure at Assuit, he shepherded 113 students to their graduate degrees and he produced more than 150 publications (including several books). He was Department Chairman at Assiut during the periods 1973 to 1977 and 1987 and 1993. After his retirement at August 1994, he continued as Professor Emeritus, guiding his remaining graduate students to their degrees.

Prof. El Gaby received many awards and honors, and he served the geological community well throughout his life. We remember El Gaby as a pioneer in the application of plate tectonics theory on the Egyptian Basement complex.

Those of us who were his students, his friends and colleagues will remember him as a patient teacher, a wise and helpful counselor, and a good friend. He expected much, but he gave much in return.  El Gaby lived a long and productive life. Still, his death came as a shock. He is sadly missed by his family, his former students, and his many friends.