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Issam Nemer

Issam Nemer

Sector : Science, Scientists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: United States
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1926
  • Age: 97
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Issam Nemer, a Palestinian-American astronomer, was born in Jenin in 1926 and died on July 15, 2005 in Houston, USA. He worked for the American Space Agency NASA, and participated in the launch of the Apollo 11 spacecraft. ) which was the first spacecraft to land on the surface of the moon in 1969, and it is known that he sent a stone to the moon and engraved the name of his city, Jenin, with this trip.

Origin and family
Issam Al-Nimr was born in the city of Jenin in 1926, to a Palestinian family whose origins go back to the city of Tubas, and his father, Dr. Saeed Al-Nimr, is considered one of the first Palestinians to study medicine and practice the profession in Palestine, where he graduated as a doctor in 1914 and worked as an officer in the Ottoman army during the First World War. His mother, Ramzia Al-Nimr, died when he was two years old, and his aunt, Thuraya Al-Nimr, took care of the family. He has five brothers and four sisters, including Awni Al-Nimr, who worked as a Kuwaiti doctor, and Fathi Al-Nimr, who established the Jenin Electricity Project.

During his studies, Issam El-Nimr married an Austrian woman, with whom he had four children, as the family continued to live in the United States.

Professional biography
Issam Al-Nimr received his primary education in the schools of the city of Jenin and finished secondary school at Al-Najah National School in Nablus, then joined the University of Utah in the United States in 1949, and graduated in 1953 in engineering sciences. He continued his postgraduate studies at New York University, where he obtained a Ph.D. with a specialization in the field of quantitative calculations. Until 1955, he worked as a development engineer at the International Company in Chicago. In 1960, he joined the Rocket Dean Company, which manufactures giant rocket engines in California. He worked in the development of internal combustion engines, and in 1968 he moved to the US Space Agency “NASA” in Houston, the capital of the state of Texas, and took over the leadership of the test group for the lunar vehicle, the “Luna” model. And it was dr. Essam is among the scientists who give the final signal to launch spacecraft, as he participated in the launch of the Apollo vehicles, including Apollo 11, which was the first spacecraft to land on the moon in 1969.

In an interview with him published in 1993 in the weekly newspaper "Nablus", he confirmed that he had handed the Apollo 11 astronauts a small stone with "Jenin" written on it, and that this stone is now on the surface of the moon. When asked about the reason for writing Jenin and not Palestine also on the stone? "So we can get him there," he replied, laughing. In 1972, on his first visit to the homeland, Al-Nimr presented the municipality of Jenin with a picture, donated to the people of the city of Jenin, and signed by the Apollo 11 astronauts.

He worked for Aramco from 1978 until his retirement in 1985. He died in July 2005 in Houston, Texas.


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