Abdul Qadeer Khan

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Abdul Qadeer Khan, NI, HI, FPAS ( (listen); Urdu: عبد القدیر خان; 1 April 1936 – 10 October 2021), known as A. Q. Khan, was a Pakistani nuclear physicist and metallurgical engineer who is colloquially known as the "father of Pakistan's atomic weapons program". An émigré from India who migrated to Pakistan in 1952, Khan was educated in the metallurgical engineering departments of Western European technical universities where he pioneered studies in phase transitions of metallic alloys, uranium metallurgy, and isotope separation based on gas centrifuges. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abdul Qadeer Khan has received more than 1,963,038 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Abdul Qadeer Khan is the 335th most popular physicist (down from 302nd in 2019), the 165th most popular biography from India (down from 132nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Indian Physicist.

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Among physicists, Abdul Qadeer Khan ranks 335 out of 721Before him are William Daniel Phillips, Leopold Infeld, David Gross, J. Michael Kosterlitz, Johann Wilhelm Hittorf, and Manfred von Ardenne. After him are Marguerite Perey, Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, John C. Mather, George Johnstone Stoney, John Henry Poynting, and Franz Ernst Neumann.

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Among people born in 1936, Abdul Qadeer Khan ranks 112Before him are Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, Ivan Stambolić, Dyanne Thorne, Ghassan Kanafani, Nicos Poulantzas, and Tuncel Kurtiz. After him are Leonel Sánchez, Solomon Burke, James Mirrlees, Jannis Kounellis, Koji Sasaki, and Aleida March.

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Among people born in India, Abdul Qadeer Khan ranks 165 out of 1,227Before him are Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820), Jyotirao Phule (1827), Dadabhai Naoroji (1825), Anna Leonowens (1831), Shantanu (null), and Zakir Husain (1897). After him are Mata Amritanandamayi (1953), Dharmendra (1935), Sivananda Saraswati (1887), Henry McMahon (1862), Dayananda Saraswati (1824), and Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak (1551).


Among physicists born in India, Abdul Qadeer Khan ranks 3Before him are C. V. Raman (1888) and Satyendra Nath Bose (1894). After him are Homi J. Bhabha (1909), Anna Mani (1918), Vikram Sarabhai (1919), Jayant Narlikar (1938), Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893), Tom Kibble (1932), Raja Ramanna (1925), Abhay Ashtekar (1949), and Udupi Ramachandra Rao (1932).