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- Sunday, November 22, 2009 - From Print Edition




The Government College University (GCU), Lahore, on Saturday held Salam Memorial Meeting to mark the 13th death anniversary of Dr Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate.


According to a press statement issued here, the memorial was organised by the GCU Salam Chair, Physics Department, in collaboration the Pakistan Physical Society.


GCU vice-chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab chaired the meeting attended by a large number of scientists, professors, and scholars.


The vice-chancellor highlighted the services of the Nobel laureate for the third world countries in the field of science. He said Dr Salam was concerned with the decline of science in Pakistan and made serious efforts to promote the culture of science in the country.


He told the participants about the establishment of Salam Chair and Dr Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences by the Government College University, Lahore.


GCU Salam Chair head Dr Ghulam Murtaza touched upon the humble upbringing, ambitions, achievements, fame and virtues of the great scientist. The Nobel laureate had won a beauty contest in his hometown, Jhang, in his childhood, he added. He also discussed the obstacles and resistance that Dr Salam faced in establishing the International Centre for Theoretical Physics. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Professor Dr Amer Iqbal paid tribute to Dr Salam and told the audience about his Electro-weak theory and its modern implications.


GCU Professor Hassan A Shah discussed the importance of the unification theory in physics, with special reference to the scientist.


Concluding the ceremony, GCU Urdu Department professor Tariq Zaidi highlighted the interest of Dr Salam in poetry and Urdu literature, reading some of his letters that he had written to his teachers and close friends. It is pertinent to mention that the GCU also has the honor of having the original Nobel Prize Certificate of the great Pakistani scientist.