Obituary: Dr Charles Vest, Zewail City board member, passed away Thursday

Dr. Charles M. Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering, president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Zewail City board member passed away on Thursday, December 12 at his home in Arlington, Virginia after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72.

“I was deeply saddened and sorry to hear this news. Professor Vest has been a major supporter of Zewail City since its inauguration in 2011,” said Professor Ahmed Zewail, chairman of the board. “On behalf of the city and my fellow board members, I offer my deepest condolences to his family in this difficult time.”

Zewail City of Science and Technology is governed by a supreme advisory board, which is the guardian of the city’s purpose and its strategic direction. The board is comprised of a distinguished group of individuals. The list includes five Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, medicine and economics; the president of KAUST (and former president of Caltech); the president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; as well as world-renowned scientists, medical doctors, engineers, economists and entrepreneurs.

Charles Marstiller Vest was born on September 9, 1941 in Morgantown, West Virginia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University and a master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. Dr. Vest moved to Arlington after stepping down as M.I.T. president and was the president of the National Academy of Engineering from 2007 until early this year.