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  1. Devil Soul

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    World’s best physicist ‘relatively unknown’ in Pakistan
    By Our Correspondent
    Published: February 5, 2017
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    LAHORE: Hailed as one of the world’s best theoretical physicists of the 20th century, Dr Abdus Salam remains relatively unknown in Pakistan and his contributions even more so.

    Some of the world’s top physicists and mathematicians paid glowing tributes to the Nobel laureate at a seminar at the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS) Government College University (GCU) Lahore on Saturday.

    “Dr Salam should have also been given the Nobel Prize for Peace for outstanding efforts for the international science collaboration and development of scientific culture in the third world countries,” said Prof Dr Michael Duff from Imperial College London in his video message for the seminar. He also explained in detail the four big ideas of contemporary physics to which Dr Salam contributed heavily.

    In his video address, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Italy, Director, Prof Fernando Quevedo said apart from the work on standard model, for which Dr Salam had been awarded the Nobel Prize, the list of his lasting contributions to theoretical physics was long and the impact was deep. He added Dr Salam had been the pioneer of the idea to go beyond the standard model of physics.

    Cumrun Vafa, a professor of science at Harvard University, USA also sent a video message to pay tributes to Dr Salam. “Besides electroweak unification theory, establishment of ICTP is (Dr) Salam’s the biggest contribution to science,” he commented in his video message. He said the ICTP remains to this day a monument to Salam’s determination.

    The speakers at the seminar also shared their profound memoires of working with Dr Salam at the seminar and also celebrated his 91st birthday. Addressing the seminar, Dr Jamil Aslam, a professor of Theoretical High Energy Physics at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, discussed the electroweak unification, the work for which Abdus Salam won the Noble prize together with Steven Weinberg and Sheldon Glashow.

    Talking about Dr Salam’s scientific work, Dr Amer Iqbal, a professor of physics and mathematics, explained the mathematics behind symmetry and symmetry breaking which allows particles to get masses.

    Dr Rizwan Khalid, a professor of physics at NUST, discussed the idea of grand unification which unifies the strong nuclear with electroweak force. Dr Babar Qureshi, a PhD in theoretical physics, explained super-symmetry which relates bosons and fermions and the idea of super-space introduced by Dr Salam.

    The speakers also said that Dr Salam’s achievements were not confined to the Nobel Prize alone. At the age of 33, he became Fellow of the Royal Society London. He was the first person from a Muslim country to achieve that distinction.

    At the age of 38, Dr Salam became the director of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Trieste, Italy. For his contributions towards peace and promotion of International Science Collaboration, Dr Salam got the Atoms for Peace Medal and Award.

    He became fellow and member of more than 30 academies/societies of the world and was awarded DSc Honoris Causa by more than 40 universities of the world. There is a long list of his achievements, honours and awards.

    Published in The Express Tribune, February 5th, 2017.
     
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  2. Sher Shah Awan

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    He's not relatively unknown, there has been an effort on purpose to drag his name through the dirt and an attempt has been made to discredit him by passing off conspiracy theories. As evident from some posts on this very forum.
     
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    Best he stays unknown and gets on with his work. Once you get celebrity status then people want your life. At least this way he is free unlike Dr qadeer
     
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    You do realize that he died in 1996, right?
     
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    Not sure how relatively unknown he is

    I have not read more articles for Quaid e Azam, Allama Iqbal, Bhutto, Zia or any of the scientists like Abdul Qadir, Sultan Bashir Mahmood, Munir Ahmed Khan and or Samar Mubarakmand but every week there is an article on Abdus Salam, discussd every day of the week for countless times and despite giving many honoury recognitions to him

    I am not saying we shouldn't credit him for his achievements, he is one of our asset and should be respected but it is also truth that we hardly ever give respect to our legends and whatever respect given to him is still highly recognised compared to other legends

    It is a dilema in Pakistan that minorities are always expecting special treatment. There are two thieves, 1 is Muslim and another is non-Muslim. Unfortunately if the police arrests the muslim thief it is ok, if it does the same with minority thief, it is an attrocity on minorities
     
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    No missed that bit. Thanks bro
     
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    Bang on TARGET.. :cheers:
     
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    My words coming out of your keyboard!

    Here in Pakistan only majority is not the issue but minority is sometimes even a bigger issue creator or trying to play victim in which they are not always true but a very few occasions.
     
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    My sentiments exactly. It seems "Cultural Marxism" or political correctness is making its way into Pakistan.
     
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    Yaar he is well known in Pakistan but being promoted by propaganda lobby as some oppressed Qadiani .
    He was never opressed in his life. Was posted in important positions. He chose to move out of Pakistan after Nobel prize and that was his personal choice.

    P.s. There are plenty of other totally unknown scientists from Pakistan. My own cousin invented a wrinkly solar cell which had higher efficiency due to increased surface area owing to corrugated crystal structure. A process she invented and patented.
    You or any other Pakistani don't know about her or her invention.
    So let's stop harping about one man and make way for others.
     
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    :rolleyes: :tsk: cheers bro!
     
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    This is really dumb thing to say that Dr. Salam is relatively unknown in Pakistan. This is same as saying A hillbilly in western Pennsylvania doesnt know who is Einstein so he is not very well known in the US. Yes we should celebrate his achievements more but we are a thankless nation.