Abbas Mohammad Rafie
1947 – 2009
Born in Kuwait on
17 March, 1947, Professor Abbas Mohammad Rafie Husain
Marafie hailed from a highly distinguished family; reputed
for their wholehearted benevolence and equanimity that has
been reckoned by the entire Kuwaiti Society. Having brought
up in the midst of values, virtues and integrity, he grew up
with principles and honor set in his blood. He faithfully
followed his father (God Bless His Soul) in cultivating a
strong and a close knit bond with his community too. Even as
a young boy he proved his father’s trait of aggressiveness
in public discourse and discussions with the elders. These
remarkable attributes played vital role in shaping a fine
personality in him which further enhanced in building strong
ties within, around the world at large and apparently within
the scientific milieu too
had been blessed with the rarest opportunity of completing
his education from reputable universities, a dream pursuit
for any knowledge hunter across the globe. Kuwait University
acknowledged his remarkable, one of the kind, achievement in
Applied Modern Science; a significant branch in the field of
Mechanical Engineering, by conferring him the title
‘Professorship.’ He was regarded as the first Kuwaiti in
setting the steps in Abstract Science.
As for the
domain, his intense focus and relentless hard work for the
good of humanity and common cause was laudable. The
indispensable “Solar Energy”, as infinite source, unlike the
finite oil resources, was one of the sciences he set his
goal on. Scientists around the globe are in the hard pursuit
of new energy resources.
The very thought
of the blatant fact that our Arab world has been endowed
with an abundant supply of sunlight, especially in the Gulf
Region, has shed a strong influence upon his selecting
‘Solar Energy’ as the core subject for his advanced study
and research which would in turn highly beneficial for the
noble cause of the population as a whole and particularly
the inhabitants of the Gulf Belt. He has even made great
strides towards extending and applying his theoretical
researches to include Management of Energy and Transfusion
aiming to make people’s life easier. As a result of it,
today we reap the harvest of his arduous hard work as seen
at various major areas of Technical Operations such as the
water boilers, cooling set and other equipments.
parents, mother in particular, were keen on widening the
vista of her son’s education even beyond the boundaries of
the local schools. Professor Abbas’ strong determination
coupled with his mother’s persistent backing helped him
climb the ladder of success in life. He was conferred with
highest degrees of education from renowned universities
abroad that made him the most scholarly in the family too
thus bringing an added feather to his cap.
He obtained his
Bachelors degree in Nuclear Engineering from California
University in the Year 1973, his Masters degree in Nuclear
Engineering from Washington University in July 1975, and his
PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Liverpool University in
Was a Scholar
in Science both in Kuwait University and in the Arab
In 1979 Abbas
Marafie, became Assistant Professor.
In 1984 he
was designated as Associate Professor.
In May, 1992
he furnished the position as a full fledged Professor.
He held vital
key positions as; Deputy General Director of Kuwait
University, Dean for Engineering and Petroleum College
and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department.
participation in numerous Scientific activities such as;
Conferences on Transfusion, Energy Cell, Management of
Energy and Teaching of Engineering held in various
countries such as USA, Italy and Holland.
He was member
of the Board of Trustees of Kuwait Institute for
Scientific Research (KISR.)
He was Board
Member of Public Authority for housing care.
He was member
of the Protection from Radiation Committee related to
the Ministry of Health, and a member of Technology
Committee for The Second International Arab Solar Energy
Conference, and many other activities too.
Chairman of steering Board for the First Solar Energy
International Arab Conference in Kuwait.
He served as
an Evaluator of American University, Sharjah (UAE) for
their Engineering Programs.
He was the
member of Planning and research Committee for
Environment Protection Council, Kuwait
He was a
member of the Appraisal Committee for Safe Utilization
of Nuclear Energy, Govt. of Kuwait.
He served as
a member for the Committee for unification of Codes of
Practices in Kuwait.
various Family entities as an Advisor, Board Member for
Founding Member of Gulf University for Science and
He served as
Board Member of Aiyas Educational Co.
Founding Member of Kuwait Diabetes Society .
Founding Member and Chairman of Health Services
valuable contributions have etched a niche not only in the
field of science and education, but in the hearts of
thousands of Kuwait University graduates. His remarkable
role in the field of education had been virtually
immortalized by the throng of grief stricken students who
rushed to Diwan Marafie, holding within them a sense of
recognition and appreciation for him, on the day of his
demise. Apart from his selfless dedication to scientific
studies and researches; he has always been remembered for
his care and compassion not only within the family, his wide
generosity towards nations at large, notably Africa and
Asia. Along with his significant immediate and close friends
he extended his service in establishing educational
institutions, health care centers, hospitals and Mosques
around the world.
in-depth knowledge had gained him the rarest opportunity to
furnish key positions at Kuwait University. He was always
remembered as a Great Professor and a Good Human Being who
took time and effort in sharing his vast knowledge and
caring for others. On the day he left this world, this stark
truth was well portrayed in the air and witnessed by the
crowd when teachers and students from various quarters were
drawn in sorrow and gloom stricken. No doubt; Kuwait world
of education has lost an eminent personality who was a
renowned scholar a gentle person and the one who left behind
the indelible imprints.
Professor Abbas; sincerely appreciated life to a great
deal and was keen on building strong and healthy
relations with his colleagues and students. His love
towards nature is well reflected on his private Palm
tree farm he had in Wafrah. His intense passion for Palm
trees led him to donating 500 Palm trees to Kuwait
University for its new location in Shdaidiya.
Professor Abbas; May God Have Mercy on your Soul in
Paradise, you have left this world to the world of
Eternity. Our State grieves on your loss, but will be
always remembered by those in whom you have deeply