Fathi Habashi is Professor Emeritus of Extractive Metallurgy at Laval University in Quebec City. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cairo (1949), a Dr. techn. degree in Inorganic Chemical Technology from the University of Technology in Vienna (1959), and Dr.Sc. h.c. from the Saint Petersburg Mining Institute in Russia (1993). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Chemistry, University of Vienna (1959 - 1960), then he held the Canadian Government Scholarship in Ottawa (1960 - 1962), taught at Montana College of Mineral Science & Technology (1964 - 1967), then worked at the Extractive Metallurgical Research Department of Anaconda Company in Tucson, Arizona before joining Laval in 1970. In 1998 he was named a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum and in 1999 he received its silver medal. He is an Honorary Professor at the Technical University of Oruro in Bolivia, Honorary Citizen of the city of Oruro, Governor at the Fondation de l'Université Laval, and Member of Le Cercle des Ambassadeurs in Québec City.
He has published 75 research papers, 110 review articles, 120 historical articles, over 130 trip reports, 15 technical reports, over 120 book reviews, and holds 4 patents.