Dr Abdus Salam: Celebrating Pakistan’s Unsung Hero On 93rd Birth Anniversary
Today marks the 93rd birth anniversary of one of Pakistan’s finest brains, Dr Abdus Salam.
Salam was a theoretical physicist, who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics with Sheldon Glashow and Steven Weinberg for his contribution to the electroweak unification theory, becoming the first Pakistani ever to do so.
At the age of 14, Salam scored the highest marks ever recorded in Government College Lahore entrance exam and was granted full scholarship.
Last year on this day, Naya Daur paid tribute to Dr Abdus Salam, Pakistani physicist and Nobel prize winner. Reposting a rare recording of Dr Salam on his birthday, a conversation in 1982 in which his affection for Pakistan is quite obvious. pic.twitter.com/Kq8ibAtjBW
— NayaDaur Media (@nayadaurpk) January 29, 2019
At 18, he received his Bachelors in Mathematics and went on to pursue MA. Later he was awarded scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge University and in 1950, he received Smith’s Prize for outstanding contribution to Physics.
Though celebrated all over the world, Salam’s legacy did not make quite a lot of friends in his own country due to his religious ideologies.
Here is how the social media is paying tribute to Pakistan’s unsung hero
‘Read the laws of science to impact civilization’
Stop erecting monuments. Read the laws of science to impact civilization. Happy Birthday Dr. Abdus Salam. pic.twitter.com/EfvozhRrTS
— Yasser Latif Hamdani (@theRealYLH) January 29, 2019
‘The best way to wish him is let freedom of religion and intellectual thought prevail in Pakistan’
Revered Abroad, Scorned at Home. Today is the 90th birthday of Dr. Abdus Salam, a proud Pakistani, first Muslim and an Ahmadi to receive a Nobel prize in Physics. The best way to wish him is ….. to let freedom of religion and intellectual thought prevail in Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/xltt1kp1vz
— AhmadiyyaVancouver (@AhmadiyyaYVR) January 29, 2019
‘Let’s honour his legacy and struggle to promote science in Pakistan’
Today is 93rd birthday of one of the greatest Muslim scientists & first Muslim Nobel Laureate, Dr Abdus Salam.
A genius from a small town of Punjab, grew up to write glorious chapters in the history of science. Let's honor his legacy & his struggle to promote science in Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/Jo0v05946F
— Shaan (@Shanyousaf6) January 29, 2019
What were you doing at 12?
— I b r a h e e m 🇵🇰 (@eb_abraham) January 29, 2019
Journalist Ammara Ahmed takes you through a journey to Abdus Salam’s childhood residence in Jhang
— Ammara Ahmad ਅਮਾਰਾ ਅਹਿਮਦ (@ammarawrites) January 29, 2019
‘One of my heroes’
Happy Birthday to Dr. Abdus Salam. One of my heroes.
— Ahmad (@ekSaraiki) January 29, 2019
Despite being Pakistan’s first and only Nobel Laureate in Science, Salam has faced hostility from his own people. He is a legend that Pakistan never fully appreciated, and it is time that we set our priorities straight and cherish those who made us proud.
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