Abdus Salam

1926 - 1996

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Mohammad Abdus Salam (; pronounced [əbd̪ʊs səlaːm]; 29 January 1926 – 21 November 1996) was a Pakistani theoretical physicist and a Nobel Prize laureate. He shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics with Sheldon Glashow and Steven Weinberg for his contribution to the electroweak unification theory. He was the first Pakistani and the first from an Islamic country to receive a Nobel Prize in science and the second from an Islamic country to receive any Nobel Prize, after Anwar Sadat of Egypt.Salam was scientific advisor to the Ministry of Science and Technology in Pakistan from 1960 to 1974, a position from which he played a major and influential role in the development of the country's science infrastructure. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abdus Salam has received more than 1,698,789 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Abdus Salam is the 201st most popular physicist (up from 216th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Pakistan (down from 14th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Pakistani Physicist.

Abdus Salam is most famous for being the first Muslim to win a Nobel Prize in Physics.

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Among physicists, Abdus Salam ranks 201 out of 721Before him are Nicolaas Bloembergen, Melvin Schwartz, Freeman Dyson, Louis Néel, Claude-Louis Navier, and Philip Warren Anderson. After him are John Vincent Atanasoff, Isamu Akasaki, John Archibald Wheeler, James Cronin, James Rainwater, and Wolfgang Paul.

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Among people born in 1926, Abdus Salam ranks 53Before him are Maria Schell, John Fowles, Valdas Adamkus, Richard Crenna, Harry Dean Stanton, and Ingeborg Bachmann. After him are Richard Matheson, Irwin Rose, Sydney Chaplin, Nuon Chea, Steve Reeves, and Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba. Among people deceased in 1996, Abdus Salam ranks 28Before him are Artur Axmann, Odysseas Elytis, Magda Schneider, Solomon Asch, Gladwyn Jebb, and René Clément. After him are Joan Clarke, Andreas Papandreou, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, Marcel Carné, Ademir de Menezes, and Claudette Colbert.

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In Pakistan

Among people born in Pakistan, Abdus Salam ranks 15 out of 158Before him are Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910), Pāṇini (-500), Benazir Bhutto (1953), Vasubandhu (400), Asanga (300), and Kanishka (78). After him are Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (1928), Dev Anand (1923), Raj Kapoor (1924), Har Gobind Khorana (1922), Aga Khan III (1877), and Muhammad bin Tughluq (1290).

Among PHYSICISTS In Pakistan

Among physicists born in Pakistan, Abdus Salam ranks 2Before him are Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910). After him are Yash Pal (1926).