KHARTOUM - (Sudanow) It never came into the mind of Dr. Mohammad Madani al-Tayeb Abdallah that devising a set to attract and trap mosquitoes as part of his doctorate research would propel him into internationalism and drive him into more inventions, research and books that secured him and his country, the Sudan, a name in the world of science and scientists.
Dr. Abdallah said he was unaware about the value of his mosquito collection invention until one of his supervisors asked him whether he had sought a patent for his invention.
Dr. Abdallah, is a lecturer at the medical laboratories college, al-Neelain University and is, in addition to his academic position, the deputy chairman of the Sudanese Investors Association.
In a Sudanow interview, Dr.Abdallah spoke about his life history, his education and his scientific achievements:
He was born and grew up in Dar Mali village, one of the works of Berber Rural Municipality, Nahr al-Neel State, North of Khartoum.
His parents were Koran teachers. He completed his primary and intermediate education in the schools of the City of Atbara before moving with his family to Saudi Arabia where he finished secondary school.
Then he moved to Egypt to join the medical laboratories college and returned to Sudan to complete his studies at the Technical Studies College in Omdurman in 2001.
Immediately after graduation (with honors) he was appointed teaching assistant at the same college. Obtaining his master of science from al-Azhari University, he was appointed lecturer at the al-Neelain University,
As part of a complementary research for his doctorate, he used to collect mosquitoes from outlying areas using a special devise he made for this purpose. Unlike smaller units used to trap home mosquitoes, Abdallah’s device can collect mosquitoes on a larger scale and on wide areas such as the fields and squares. Seeing the device, one of his supervisors said his achievement was unprecedented and asked him whether he sought a patent for it, something he immediately sought and obtained.
Abdallah says his teachers had used to encourage him all through his BSc studies when they saw his high technical abilities.
He was hailed by the press and other media outlets. The Minister of Culture in 2009 advised him and two other inventors to display their inventions at the Basil international competition in Syria that brought together 546 contenders from around the World. Abdallah's invention won the first prize and the Arab League Shield while the other two inventors also collected trophies from the competition.
Abdallah’s other inventions include a system to generate energy without the use of fuel. He also devised an air conditioner to cool air in house yards. This set is convenient in that it can also cool water and rid house dwellers the trouble of going inside the house to drink water from the refrigerator during the night.
He has also obtained improvements patent for the existing mosquito trap for home use. The improved device is unbreakable and sold at one dollar while the previous one internationally fetches 10 dollars.
Dr. Abdalla has published six science books, including a book on the mosquito device published by 80 publishing houses around the world. He already has over 28 published researches.
In conclusion Dr. Abdallah laments the fact that despite the volume and value of Sudanese inventions registered both locally and abroad, Sudan could not gain due benefit from these achievements. Some of those inventions, he said, have been exploited in other countries. As a way out, says Abdallah, a new body named the International Institution For Sudanese Inventors was launched to seek benefit and market these scientific products.
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