Abdus Salam

  • Pakistani scientist
  • Born January 29, 1936
  • Died November 21, 1996

Mohammad Abdus Salam (; Punjabi, Urdu: عبد السلام‬‎, pronounced [əbd̪ʊs səlaːm]; 29 January 1926 – 21 November 1996), was a Pakistani theoretical physicist. He shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics with Sheldon Glashow and Steven Weinberg for his contribution to the electroweak unification theory. He was the first Pakistani to receive a Nobel Prize in science and the second from an Islamic country to receive any Nobel Prize (after Anwar Sadat of Egypt).Salam was science advisor to the Ministry of Science and Technology in Pakistan from 1960 to 1974, a position from which he was supposed to play a major and influential role in the development of the country's science infrastructure.

Soon I knew the craft of experimental physics was beyond me - it was the sublime quality of patience - patience in accumulating data, patience with recalcitrant equipment - which I sadly lacked.

In this respect, the history of science, like the history of all civilization, has gone through cycles.

The creation of Physics is the shared heritage of all mankind. East and West, North and South have equally participated in it.

Scientific thought and its creation is the common and shared heritage of mankind.

Alfred Nobel stipulated that no distinction of race or colour will determine who received of his generosity.

From time immemorial, man has desired to comprehend the complexity of nature in terms of as few elementary concepts as possible.