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Dr. Talal Akasheh
The soft-spoken, passionate academic has dedicated 26 years of his life to documenting Petra scientifically. In December 2008, he became the first Arab Rolex Award Laureate in the Rolex Awards for Enterprise’s 32-year history. He has vowed to continue his efforts to preserve the ancient city of Petra: “I could not look at such beauty without saying: Maybe I can help. Maybe not a lot, but perhaps a little, I can help.”
Dr. Akasheh is a chemistry professor at the Hashemite University of Jordan and its former Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. The university is named after the country’s ruling family, and is visited frequently by the one of the royal family’s most visible personalities…
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