In 2014 Malala Yousafzai, won the Nobel Peace Prize, as only the second Pakistani to ever win this award. The news was received with jubilation all across Pakistan, and most people thought she was the first Muslim Nobel Prize winner. However, this is not true, because, in 1979, Abdus Salam was the first Pakistani to win the Nobel Prize. Yet, the news of his award was not received with much fanfare. Instead, the story was largely ignored in his home country due to his religious affiliations.
Abdus Salam Contribution to Physics
Abdus shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Steven Weinberg and Sheldon Glashow for contributing to the electroweak unification theory. His work provided great insights into other discoveries, such as the Higgs boson particle and different approaches like the theory of the neutrino.
Abdus Salam History
He was born in the city of Jhang, and he went to study at a university in Lahore before he got a scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in the UK. He completed his studies and came back to Palestine to become a professor in physics.
He belonged to the Ahmadi minority, an Islamic sect that had lived in persecution in Pakistan and even throughout the Muslim world. The Ahmadi movement believes that their founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was a prophet. This goes against what most Muslims believe that Muhammad was a prophet, and the Ahmadi are considered heretics.
There was a lot of controversy around Ahmadi Muslims that even led to violent anti-Ahmadi riots that swept across Lahore. This led Salam to go back to the Imperial College of London. Although he left Pakistan, he remained involved in some of the most significant projects in the country, such as their space and nuclear programs.
A Documentary About Salam
Abdus Salam’s legacy needs to be known, and that is why Netflix wants to celebrate the life of this brilliant physicist by producing a documentary about him.