• Discover the World of 11th Century Scientist Ibn Al-Haytham
  • Discover the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies
  • Discover 1001 Inventions

‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’ is a new global campaign produced by 1001 Inventions and King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in partnership with UNESCO and the International Year of Light 2015 to celebrate the 11th-century scientist Ibn al-Haytham, promoting light science and its applications for humanity.

Born around a thousand years ago in present day Iraq, Al-Hasan Ibn al-Haytham (known in the West by the Latinised form of his first name, initially “Alhacen” and later “Alhazen”) was a pioneering scientific thinker who made important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light. His methodology of investigation, in particular using experiment to verify theory, shows certain similarities to what later became known as the modern scientific method.

 ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al Haytham’

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Watch the short film ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’. From director and producer Ahmed Salim, starring legendary actor Omar Sharif, voice by Khalid Abdalla and music composed by Sami Yusuf. The creators of ‘1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets’ bring you this short film on the 11th century scientist Ibn al-Haytham. The film was launched during the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light and is produced by 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO.

UNESCO Launch ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’

1001 Inventions is a leading and award-winning international science and cultural heritage brand reaching over 150 million people around the world. 1001 Inventions uncovers a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievement in Muslim civilisation from the 7th century onwards, and reveals how those contributions helped create the foundations of our modern world.

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.