Friday, 15 May 2015

10 Pakistani Scientists who Made a Difference in the World

Mostly, Pakistani students are taught about inventions and discoveries of Muslims and they list hundreds and thousands year old inventions by Muslims. But one important fact needs to be highlighted that Pakistani scientists, too, have a great contribution in where the world is standing today. There are hundreds of capable scientists which have worked on prestigious scientific missions and many of them even have invented numerous things in their disciplines.

This list of greatest Pakistani scientists prove that Pakistan is not far behind anyone in development of today and has a contribution in the modern world. Even though resources in the country are minimal, yet these brilliant minds were stronger enough to take over the circumstances.

(Following number-list is just for convenience, and it is not meant to rank them on certain positions.)

1) Dr. Naweed Syed

He is a Pakistani Canadian scientist. He is the first scientist who managed to 'connect brain cells to a silicon chip'. Dr. Naveed estimates science-fiction type 'Machine-Men' may be developed within 10 to 20 years, using his silicon chip. Currently he is a Professor and Head Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy at the University of Calgary, Canada. He was featured in Time Magazine (Canada) as well.

2) Naveed Zaidi

Organic Chemist and Polymer Scientist Naveed Zaidi developed world's first plastic magnet that functions at room temperature. Along with his colleagues Prof. Andy Monkman, Mr. Sean Giblin and Dr. Ian Terry from Department of Physics of Durham University, research took 4 years making him first scientist to develop world's first practical plastic magnet.

3) Amjad Farooq and Basit Farooq

They made world's first computer virus in 1986. It was made for MS-DOS operating systems. The virus used to infect the boot sector of storage media formatted with the DOS File Allocation Table (FAT) file system. This virus was suppose to stop and track illegal copies of their disk.

4) Abdus Salam

Abdus Salam was a  Pakistani theoretical physicist who won a Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to 'electroweak unification' in 1979. He is the first Pakistani to receive a Nobel Prize.

5) Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood

Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood is a Pakistani nuclear engineer. He has been an important part of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and regarded for development of the SMB probe to detect heavy water leaks in nuclear power plants. You can know more about him by watching his interview given to a local Pakistani TV Channel.

6) Ayub Khan Ommaya

Dr. Ommaya published over 150 articles, chapters, and books. His research focused on cancer treatment, traumatic brain injury, a CSF artificial organ, and philosophy of mind. He developed Ommaya reservoir in 1963. The reservoir was the first medical port to use silicone which is biologically inert and self-sealing.

7) Sayed Amjad Hussain

Sayed Amjad Hussain is another Pakistani inventor who invented two surgical devices – the pleuroperitoneal shunt and a special endotracheal tube. Dr. Hussain is a member of 17 professional organizations, 10 administrative positions, is a visiting professor to 12 universities throughout the world and is a member of the editorial board of 6 medical journals.

8) Sohail Khan

Professor Sohail Khan, a Pakistani researcher at Loughborough University designed a clever lavatory that transforms human waste into biological charcoal and minerals. These can then be used as fuel or a form of conditioner for soil. It also produces clean water. His invention was appreciated by Bill Gates.

9) Mahbub ul Haq

Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq introduced the concept of 'The Human Development Index' in 1990. Since then, this concept is used to  rank countries by level of human development.

10) Abdul Qadeer Khan

A.Q. Khan is nuclear physicist and a metallurgical engineer. Apart from participating in Pakistan's atomic bomb project, he made major contributions in molecular morphology, physical martensite, and its integrated applications in condensed and material physics.

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  1. Well as a contribution to humantiy at large and science in particular, I would only count 7 of the above 10 as contributors. My three excemption are follows
    1. Amjad and Basit Farooq are not scientists, hence should not be in the list
    2. Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood and Dr Qadeer contributions are pakistan centric and not beneficial to humantity

  2. i am surprised you have not mentioned Dr. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui and Dr. Ata ur Rehman

  3. Dr salim uz zeman siddiqi was the pioneer of PCSIR and founder of HEJ INSTITUTE OF CHEMISTRY,UNIVERSITY OF KARACHI we forget them shame for us

  4. You missed Dr. Atta ur Rahman. First scientist and third human being ever with full genome mapping. member of royal academy of sciences, FRS, author of numerous books, hundreds of patents for natural products etc..

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  5. So called nuclear scientist abdusalam did nothing in the unified field ....... first he was only a coresearch with the main research scientist. secondly he was planted to drill his way thru PINSTECH with his nobel prize.

    1. go get some name and then come to the list, dont burn yourselves out of jealousies all the time. Do something and let the world see.. then talk

  6. most of them are abroad because Pakistan Gov don't care about these heroes

  7. Is No.1 some kind of joke? AQK is only a metallurgist, (and not a very good one by all credible and verifiable accounts), and was only the administrative head of KRL that was tasked with only one aspect of the entire nuclear weapons programme. He's only really known for having stolen enrichment technology and his subsequent proliferation activities than anything to do with making Pakistan a nuclear weapon state.

    1. What the heck did you ever achieve? I dont find u anywhere in the ground u talking shit. Pay respect to someone who is better than u at least

    2. You should listen to dr. I name ul haq to find out dr qadeer's achievemet. Uranium enrichment is the most difficult step in the whole process of making a nuclear device. FYI dr in am ul haq was the father of paec

  8. I meant No.10 obviously.

  9. We are proud of them. Well done cheetahs :-D :-D



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