Prof. Shanshal was born on 7 March 1943 in Baghdad, Iraq.

In April 1960, he began his undergraduate study of Chemistry at the Technical University Stuttgart, Germany. In 1962, he earned the Vordiplom in Chemistry from the T.H. Stuttgart. In 1965, he earned the Hauptdiplom in Chemistry from the T.H. Stuttgart. In 1967, he was awarded the “Dr. rer. Nat.” in Chemistry from the T.H. Stuttgart; his research topic being “Umwandlung Reaktion von Purin Glykosiden zu Pteridin Glykosiden”; with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Pfleiderer, Stuttgart, as his supervisor.

During 1967- 1969 he joined the Theoretical Chemistry group of Prof. Dr. M.J.S. Dewar, University of Austin, Texas, USA, as a postdoctoral research associate, working in the field of Valance Shell Molecular Orbital Theory; his special achievement was the first Hartree-Fock calculated transition states of organic chemical reactions.

During 1969- 1972, he worked as a “Wissenschaflicher Mitarbeiter” at the Institut fuer Theoretische Chemie”, T. U. Stuttgart; Dir. Prof. Dr. H. Preuss. In February 1970, he earned the “Lehrauftrag” for the subject “Molecular Orbital Theory” at the T.U. Stuttgart, and in November 1972, he was awarded the “Dr. habil” and “venia legendi” for Theoretical Chemistry at Stuttgart, and subsequently the venia legendi for theoretical chemistry.

Academic Activity

January 1973   Joined the Department of Chemistry, College of Science, University of Baghdad, as a member of staff. Field of teaching and research was “Theoretical Physical and Organic Chemistry”;

Nov. 1977       Became full professor of Physical Chemistry at the College of Science, University of Baghdad;

Jan. 1981-      Oct. 1988, headed the Department of Chemistry, College of  Science, University of Baghdad;

April 1985 –   Oct. 1988, Appointed Dean of the College of Science at the University of Baghdad;

Dec. 1988 –    Feb. 1994,  Appointed President of Saddam “Alnahrain” University;

Feb. 1994 –     Prof. for theoretical and physical chemistry, College of Science, University of Baghdad;

March 2012    Prof. Emeritus, University of Baghdad. 


1962 –              Member of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker;

1981-1988       Member of the Scientific Board of the National Research Council of Iraq;

1986-               Member of the International Academy of Theoretical,  Organic Chemistry  (Toronto, Canada);

2001-               Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (Amman, Jordan);

2007-               Member of the Iraqi science Academy. (Majma’a Al-Ilmy);

20017-            elected member of the Council of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences.


1988                Won  the Award of the Government of Iraq for the Propagation of Science;

1993                Won the medal of “Higher Order of Merit” of the Government of Iraq;

2000                Elected “Prime Professor” of the University of Baghdad and won the Award of the University;

Obtained the medal of the “ Higher Order of Merit” of the Government of Iraq, for the second time;

2002                Won the Order of Science “Wisam Al-Ilm”, Rank “A” of the Republic of Iraq;

2003                Elected “Prime Professor” of all the Universities of the Ministry of Higher Education, Baghdad, for the academic                            year 2001-2002.

Books edited

Introduction to Quantum Chemistry (Arabic), Baghdad, 1979;

Instruction and Rules for the Work in Chemical Plants and Labratories. Translated from German, 1983;

Computer Programming for Chemistry Students, Arabic, 1985;

Semiempirische SCf-MO Berechnung Organischer Molekule, Habilitationschrift, 1972.

Conferences attended

Over 65 conferences in various fields of chemistry.

Supervision of PhD. and MSc. Students

More than 75 graduate students.

Main Field of Research

Quantum Chemical Treatment of the Structure and Reactivity of Molecules.


More than 150 publications in the field of specialization.