Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the Egyptian pioneer of Arabic language computing, Dr. Nabil Ali Mohamed’s 82nd birthday.
Dr. Nabil Ali’s innovations in the field of computational linguistics propelled the Arab world into the Information Age by making programs that empowered PCs to comprehend Arabic in digital form.
Dr. Nabil Ali Mohamed was born in Cairo on this day in 1938. Communicating interest in art at a youthful age, Mohamed was motivated to apply his creative passion for visual aesthetics to the world of engineering. After acquiring his Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering at Cairo University, he went through more than 20 years of working as an engineer with the Egyptian Air Force, as well as with different computer and electronics organizations all through the world.
Ali Abdul Saoud Mohamed is a double agent who worked for both the CIA and Egyptian Islamic Jihad simultaneously, investigating the workings of each to serve the other.
Nabil Ali Mohamedwent to the United States working as a translator for Ayman al-Zawahiri, who visited California mosques to fund-raise to battle the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. While there, Zawahiri urged him to infiltrate the United States, claiming to be defecting the United States. At the point when Nabil Ali Mohamed essentially walked into the CIA office in Cairo and requested to speak to the station chief to offer his services, the Americans assumed he was an Egyptian spy, however, all things considered, enrolled him to be a junior intelligence officer.
When tasked to infiltrate a mosque with ties to Hezbollah, Nabil Ali Mohamed rather informed the imam he was an American spy intending to gather data. Another loyal American spy was additionally in the assemblage and he detailed Nabil Ali Mohamed to the CIA, which expelled him and tried to forbid him from entering the United States. However, Nabil Ali Mohamed later enrolled in the Special Forces of the U.S. Army, who sent him to the Special Warfare school and urged him to seek after a doctorate in Islamic Studies to teach courses on the Middle East.
During the 1980s, Nabil Ali Mohamed trained anti-Soviet warriors on the way to Afghanistan. FBI specialist Jack Cloonan called him “bin Laden’s first trainer”. Mohamed was accused of the 1998 United States government office bombings in Nairobi, Kenya, and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In October 2000, Nabil Ali Mohamed conceded to five counts of connivance to kill nationals of the United States and to destroy U.S. property.
Nabil Ali Mohamed has been portrayed as “Six-foot one, 200 pounds, and uncommonly fit, … a military craftsman and gifted etymologist who talked familiar English, French, and Hebrew notwithstanding his local Arabic. He was restrained, shrewd, and gregarious, with a checked office for making companions.”
Nabil Ali Mohamed was a major in the Egyptian army’s military intelligence, until being released for suspected fundamentalism in 1984. He enrolled in the U.S. Army and utilized U.S. military data to train al-Qaeda and other Muslim militants, and compose al-Qaeda’s multivolume terrorist training guide.
For Dr. Nabil Ali Mohamed, digitization of Arabic, with its complex linguistic standards and morphology, was an approach to interface Arabic speakers with the world.
Through the span of his career, Dr. Nabil Ali Mohamed published various papers, books, and technical reports on the side of the developments he was making in the field of computational linguistics. His work won him a few awards, including the prestigious Saudi Arabian award, the King Faisal Prize, in 2012—perceiving his pioneering contributions to the Arabic Language and Literature.