Mohammed Yahia, C&EN’s new editor in chief, died Aug. 10 en route to the American Chemical Society’s fall 2023 meeting in San Francisco. He was 41.
C&EN is published by ACS.
Yahia had started as C&EN’s top editor Aug. 1 and was traveling to his first ACS meeting. He had recently sketched out a vision for the magazine in a video call with C&EN staff. He was in the process of moving from his home in Cairo to the Washington, DC, area, where ACS is based.
Yahia was previously an executive editor at Springer Nature, where he helped launch several publications, including Nature Middle East. Before that, he had a number of jobs in science journalism. He was president of the World Federation of Science Journalists from 2017 to 2019.
Yahia is survived by a wife, Ola, and two children, Zeina and Zakaria.
In a call with C&EN staffers on Aug. 11, Sarah Tegen, chief publishing officer for ACS Publications, said she had spoken with Ola, who told her how excited Yahia was to have joined the magazine.
Sincere condolences to his family, and the C&EN team.