5 Pakistani Scientists We Are Immensely Proud Of!

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Pakistan has, needless to say, successfully produced its fair share of accomplished scientists, mathematicians, engineers and researchers, who unsurprisingly share something in common: a  determined enthusiasm for succeeding in their aspirations and interests through unwavering effort. The following includes a mere fraction of celebrated individuals who have managed to establish themselves as some of the most prime thinkers in their respective fields.

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1) Abdus Salam (Theoretical physicist)
Born in a small town existing in present-day Pakistan, Dr. Abdus Salam is recognized as one of the nation’s most celebrated physicists and scientific thinkers of his time. A paramount achievement within his career notably involved his shared winning of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979, in addition to a multitude of awards, including the Copley Medal and Royal Medal. Upon completing his higher education from Cambridge University, Salam returned in 1951 to serve as a Professor of Mathematics at Government College, Lahore and, since 1957, was a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London. In addition to being a member of the Scientific Commission of Pakistan, between the years 1961 and 1974, Salam served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President.

1) Abdus Salam (Theoretical physicist)
Born in a small town existing in present-day Pakistan, Dr. Abdus Salam is recognized as one of the nation’s most celebrated physicists and scientific thinkers of his time. A paramount achievement within his career notably involved his shared winning of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979, in addition to a multitude of awards, including the Copley Medal and Royal Medal. Upon completing his higher education from Cambridge University, Salam returned in 1951 to serve as a Professor of Mathematics at Government College, Lahore and, since 1957, was a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London. In addition to being a member of the Scientific Commission of Pakistan, between the years 1961 and 1974, Salam served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President.

1) Abdus Salam (Theoretical physicist)
Born in a small town existing in present-day Pakistan, Dr. Abdus Salam is recognized as one of the nation’s most celebrated physicists and scientific thinkers of his time. A paramount achievement within his career notably involved his shared winning of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979, in addition to a multitude of awards, including the Copley Medal and Royal Medal. Upon completing his higher education from Cambridge University, Salam returned in 1951 to serve as a Professor of Mathematics at Government College, Lahore and, since 1957, was a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London. In addition to being a member of the Scientific Commission of Pakistan, between the years 1961 and 1974, Salam served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President.

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2) Nergis Mavalvala (Astrophysicist)
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Dr. Nergis Mavalvala, Professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is an American-Pakistani scientist who is famed for her pivotal role regarding the initial observation of gravitational waves, disturbances in the space-time dimension whose existence was previously hypothesized by Einstein. For her contributions and discoveries involving gravitational waves, Dr. Nergis was awarded the ‘Lahore Technology Award’. While delivering a lecture at Arfa Software Technology Park, Dr. Nergis touched upon a multitude of related topics, including discussion on the detection of gravitational waves, the “warped universe”, etc. Her notable contributions in the astrophysics field involve her aimed construction of an “ultrasensitive” telescope designed to detect gravitational waves.

2) Nergis Mavalvala (Astrophysicist)
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Dr. Nergis Mavalvala, Professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is an American-Pakistani scientist who is famed for her pivotal role regarding the initial observation of gravitational waves, disturbances in the space-time dimension whose existence was previously hypothesized by Einstein. For her contributions and discoveries involving gravitational waves, Dr. Nergis was awarded the ‘Lahore Technology Award’. While delivering a lecture at Arfa Software Technology Park, Dr. Nergis touched upon a multitude of related topics, including discussion on the detection of gravitational waves, the “warped universe”, etc. Her notable contributions in the astrophysics field involve her aimed construction of an “ultrasensitive” telescope designed to detect gravitational waves.

2) Nergis Mavalvala (Astrophysicist)
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Dr. Nergis Mavalvala, Professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is an American-Pakistani scientist who is famed for her pivotal role regarding the initial observation of gravitational waves, disturbances in the space-time dimension whose existence was previously hypothesized by Einstein. For her contributions and discoveries involving gravitational waves, Dr. Nergis was awarded the ‘Lahore Technology Award’. While delivering a lecture at Arfa Software Technology Park, Dr. Nergis touched upon a multitude of related topics, including discussion on the detection of gravitational waves, the “warped universe”, etc. Her notable contributions in the astrophysics field involve her aimed construction of an “ultrasensitive” telescope designed to detect gravitational waves.

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3) Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary (Chemist - organic chemistry)
Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary is a Karachi-born scientist specializing in the field of organic chemistry, particularly natural product chemistry. Upon obtaining his PhD in this field from his Alma mater, University of Karachi, he has proceeded to produce approximately 800 publications involving his research. Choudhary has received the following awards based on his commendable efforts and contributions to his specializing field: Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Imtiaz (the fourth, third and second highest civilian awards respectively) rewarded on the basis of merit and knowledgeable attainment.

3) Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary (Chemist - organic chemistry)
Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary is a Karachi-born scientist specializing in the field of organic chemistry, particularly natural product chemistry. Upon obtaining his PhD in this field from his Alma mater, University of Karachi, he has proceeded to produce approximately 800 publications involving his research. Choudhary has received the following awards based on his commendable efforts and contributions to his specializing field: Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Imtiaz (the fourth, third and second highest civilian awards respectively) rewarded on the basis of merit and knowledgeable attainment.

3) Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary (Chemist - organic chemistry)
Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary is a Karachi-born scientist specializing in the field of organic chemistry, particularly natural product chemistry. Upon obtaining his PhD in this field from his Alma mater, University of Karachi, he has proceeded to produce approximately 800 publications involving his research. Choudhary has received the following awards based on his commendable efforts and contributions to his specializing field: Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Imtiaz (the fourth, third and second highest civilian awards respectively) rewarded on the basis of merit and knowledgeable attainment.

4) Aban Marker Kabraji (Biologist)
An exceedingly acknowledged biologist and environmentalist, Aban Marker Kabraji is a Pakistani female who, upon her contributions regarding conservation efforts within Pakistan, received the Pakistan Civil Award on 23 March, 2018. A handful of Ms. Kabraji’s numerous endeavors include her efforts regarding sea turtle conservation, for which she worked in the Marine Turtle Project, in addition to instituting IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Pakistan. Following her commendable efforts within Pakistan, Ms. Kabraji continued to expand her work, entailing environmental management and the preservation of biodiversity to the Asia-Pacific region.

4) Aban Marker Kabraji (Biologist)
An exceedingly acknowledged biologist and environmentalist, Aban Marker Kabraji is a Pakistani female who, upon her contributions regarding conservation efforts within Pakistan, received the Pakistan Civil Award on 23 March, 2018. A handful of Ms. Kabraji’s numerous endeavors include her efforts regarding sea turtle conservation, for which she worked in the Marine Turtle Project, in addition to instituting IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Pakistan. Following her commendable efforts within Pakistan, Ms. Kabraji continued to expand her work, entailing environmental management and the preservation of biodiversity to the Asia-Pacific region.

4) Aban Marker Kabraji (Biologist)
An exceedingly acknowledged biologist and environmentalist, Aban Marker Kabraji is a Pakistani female who, upon her contributions regarding conservation efforts within Pakistan, received the Pakistan Civil Award on 23 March, 2018. A handful of Ms. Kabraji’s numerous endeavors include her efforts regarding sea turtle conservation, for which she worked in the Marine Turtle Project, in addition to instituting IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Pakistan. Following her commendable efforts within Pakistan, Ms. Kabraji continued to expand her work, entailing environmental management and the preservation of biodiversity to the Asia-Pacific region.

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5) Tasneem Zehra Husain (Physicist)
Recounted to be “Pakistan’s first female string theorist at the mere age of 26” (DAWN), Tasneem Zehra Husain is a Lahore-born scientist recognized for her work in the field of theoretical physics. As a child, Husain believed she was not being challenged enough by the curriculum she was being taught, and therefore appeared for her O Level and A Level final examinations at the young age of 13 and 15 respectively! Since then, Husain has come a notably long way, having completed her PhD in theoretical physics. In addition to this, Husain not only aided the founding of the School of Science and Engineering at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), but also served as their Assistant Professor of Physics.

5) Tasneem Zehra Husain (Physicist)
Recounted to be “Pakistan’s first female string theorist at the mere age of 26” (DAWN), Tasneem Zehra Husain is a Lahore-born scientist recognized for her work in the field of theoretical physics. As a child, Husain believed she was not being challenged enough by the curriculum she was being taught, and therefore appeared for her O Level and A Level final examinations at the young age of 13 and 15 respectively! Since then, Husain has come a notably long way, having completed her PhD in theoretical physics. In addition to this, Husain not only aided the founding of the School of Science and Engineering at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), but also served as their Assistant Professor of Physics.

5) Tasneem Zehra Husain (Physicist)
Recounted to be “Pakistan’s first female string theorist at the mere age of 26” (DAWN), Tasneem Zehra Husain is a Lahore-born scientist recognized for her work in the field of theoretical physics. As a child, Husain believed she was not being challenged enough by the curriculum she was being taught, and therefore appeared for her O Level and A Level final examinations at the young age of 13 and 15 respectively! Since then, Husain has come a notably long way, having completed her PhD in theoretical physics. In addition to this, Husain not only aided the founding of the School of Science and Engineering at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), but also served as their Assistant Professor of Physics.

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