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Abdul Qadeer Khan

  • Pakistani scientist
  • Born April 1, 1936

Abdul Qadeer Khan, NI, HI, FPAS ( (listen); Urdu: ڈاکٹر عبد القدیر خان‬‎; born 1935 or 1936), known as A. Q. Khan, is a Pakistani nuclear physicist and a metallurgical engineer, who founded the uranium enrichment program for Pakistan's atomic bomb project. AQ Khan founded and established the Kahuta Research Laboratories (KRL) in 1976, serving as both its senior scientist and Chairman until he retired in 2001. Khan was also a figure in other Pakistani national science projects, making research contributions to molecular morphology, the physics of martensite alloys, condensed matter physics, and materials physics.


I am proud of my work for my country.




Hatred, intolerance, poor hygienic conditions and violence all have roots in illiteracy, so we're trying to do something to help the poor and the needy.




Well, sometimes if I go out to dinner with my family, people will come up to me and put their hand across my plate for me to shake, sometimes when I have a bite of food in my mouth. I find this a bit disturbing.




Some people are ok with doing nothing all day after they retire, but then some people if they had nothing to do would go mad and start banging their heads against a wall.




I am not a madman or a nut.




People go out of their way to show the love and respect for me. It is very gratifying.




I have to ask Allah's forgiveness and not get angry, because they come to me out of love, and it's not fitting that I should turn to them in hatred.




No money on earth can buy the love and affection that has been given to me by a grateful nation.



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