Ibrahim B. Syed

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Ibrahim B. Syed
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BornMarch 16, 1938
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Mysore
Johns Hopkins University
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who (2017)
  • Top Scientist recognition by Marquis Who's Who (2017)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award from Veerashaiva College in India
  • Museum Journal Muslim Civilization Advancement Award (2010)
  • Diversity Award, The American Board of Radiology (2008)
  • Distinguished Service Award, The American Board of Radiology (2008)
  • Hind Rattan Jewel of India Title Award, North Society of New Delhi (1984)
  • Distinguished Community Service Award, India Community Foundation (1982)
  • Named Public Health Service Fellow, Johns Hopkins University (1969-1972)
  • Named World Health Organization Fellow, Government of India Scholar, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Bombay, India (1963-1964)
Scientific career

Ibrahim Bijli Syed (born March 16, 1939) is an American radiologist and the president of Islamic Research Foundation International. He was born in Bellary, Karnataka, the son of Mumtaz Begum and B. Syed Ahmed.[1] Syed is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky.[2][3]


Syed received his B.Sc. in physics in 1960. He obtained the B.Sc. as well as his M.Sc. degree in nuclear physics from the University of Mysore in India. In 1972, he obtained a D.Sc. in radiological sciences from Johns Hopkins University.[4] In 1984, he was awarded an honorary Ph.D. from the International University in Malta.[5]

After completing his education, Syed entered the field of radiation safety. When asked about how he came into this field, he said, "When I did my postgraduate studies in radiological physics, radiation safety was part of the curricula. When I worked as Chief of Medical Physics in India, Canada, and the United States, radiation safety was part of my job responsibilities. While pursuing my Master's degree in nuclear physics, I became fascinated with health physics. Since then, I have tried to learn as much of this field as possible."[6]

  • In 2013 he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate degree, D.Sc. (Honoris Causa)by the Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University in Ballari


Syed is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine,[2][3] and a former Professor of Nuclear Medicine.[6]

He is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, the American Institute of Chemists, the British Institute of Physics, and the Royal Society of Health.[4][7] He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and Sigma Xi, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Health Physics[8] and of the American Board of Radiology, as well as an examiner for both boards. He functioned as a technical expert in nuclear medicine for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He also served as an expert in radiological physics for the United Nations Development Program, visiting postgraduate medical institutions in India over a two-month period.[5]

Syed is listed in several biographical reference works, including American Men and Women of Science and a number of Marquis Who's Who publications. He is also a notary public in Kentucky, and is commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel.[1] In 2002 he was given the Robert A. Miller Award for diversity.[9]

  • Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who publications including Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World.
  • Panel Member, Heavenly Culture World Peace and Restoration of Light (2014-2018 )
  • Commissioner, Enforcement Board, Human Relations Commission, Metro Louisville City Government (2010-2018 )
  • Judge, Louisville Regional Science and Engineering Fair ( 2016-2018 )
  • Monthly contributor of articles to "Karnataka Association for Advancement of Science News"

Work in the Islamic community[edit]

Syed is a member of several Islamic organizations. He served as a treasurer and secretary in the Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers. He is a founder and the current president of Islamic Research Foundation International, headquartered in Louisville, and is a past managing editor of its publication, Aalim.[10]

Syed has written more than 300 articles on a number of Islamic subjects, particularly on Islam and the Qur’an as they relate to science (for example, his article on the history of Islamic medicine[11]). He is the author of the 2002 book Intellectual Achievements of the Muslims[12] and the 2007 book Qur’anic Inspirations.[13] He lectures on Islamic subjects at Islamic centers in the U.S. and abroad. Occasionally he serves as an imam (a spiritual leader) for Jumu'ah prayers at mosques in and outside of Louisville, and has volunteered as an imam at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center[14] and many Kentucky prisons. He is also a qadi (a judge of religious law) and is licensed to perform Islamic marriages in Kentucky and Indiana.[5]

  • Author of " Knowledge Empowers You" (Bengaluru, April 2016)
  • Managing Editor of articles posted at the IRFI website: <www.irfi.org>

Community service[edit]

He served the Indian community in Louisville, as president of India Community Foundation,as a member of the board,vice chairman and finally chairman.he is regularly invited to the parliament of world religions conferences held every four years,in different countries of the world .He is a founding member and member of many Islamic Organizations in North America.He served many Muslim communities as a secretary, treasurer,vice president and president including the association of Muslim scientists and Engineers of North America .he is a founder and currently president of the Islamic research foundation international Inc.,headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.He is the past publisher and an associate editor of its publication Aalim. He is the convener of International conferences on "Islamic Renaissance " held in Chicago in 1995.He is the founder and chairman (Managing Trustee) of the Bijli Foundation Charitable Trust, located in Bellary, Karnataka,India.


  1. ^ a b "Authors: Ibrahim B Syed". Insight. Retrieved May 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "UofL Departmental Faculty". UofL Department of Medicine. Archived from the original on April 26, 2004. Retrieved May 13, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Department of Medicine: Our Faculty". UofL Department of Medicine. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Ibrahim Syed". AsiaSource. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c "Biographical Sketch of Dr. Ibrahim B. Syed". IRFI, Inc. Retrieved May 13, 2009.
  6. ^ a b Michel, René (February 2008). "RSO Interview with Ibrahim Syed". Health Physics. 94 (2): S1–3. doi:10.1097/01.HP.0000290625.54273.f6. ISSN 0017-9078. PMID 18192796. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
  7. ^ "2004-2005 Chairman's Report". UofL Department of Medicine. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  8. ^ "Person Profile: Ibrahim Syed". Zoominfo. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
  9. ^ Lakshman, Ganesh S. (December 27, 2002). "Professor of medicine at Louisville U. gets Diversity Award 2002". News India Times. Archived from the original on November 9, 2004. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
  10. ^ "Aalim (The Scholar)". IRFI, Inc. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
  11. ^ Syed, Ibrahim (2002). "Islamic Medicine: 1000 years ahead of its times". Journal of the Islamic Medical Association (2): 2–9.
  12. ^ Syed, Ibrahim (2002). Intellectual Achievements of the Muslims. Star Publications Pvt. Ltd. ISBN 978-81-7650-052-4.
  13. ^ Syed, Ibrahim (2007). Qur'anic Inspirations. iUniverse, Inc. ISBN 978-0-595-45003-9.
  14. ^ Smith, Peter (November 4, 2005). "'We feel rejuvenated': Muslims reflect, celebrate at close of Ramadan". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved June 4, 2009.

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