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Dr Abdus Salam: Celebrating Pakistan’s Unsung Hero On 93rd Birth Anniversary

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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.

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’

‘The best way to wish him is let freedom of religion and intellectual thought prevail in Pakistan’

‘Let’s honour his legacy and struggle to promote science in Pakistan’

What were you doing at 12?

Journalist Ammara Ahmed takes you through a journey to Abdus Salam’s childhood residence in Jhang

‘One of my heroes’

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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