Kalinga Prize laureate

2003

Pakistan
Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy

For his contribution to broadening the understanding of science in Pakistan, notably through print and television media

Born in Pakistan in 1950, Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (USA) and is currently a Nuclear and High-Energy Physics Professor at Quais-e-Azam University in Pakistan. He has also been a visiting Professor at MIT, the Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Maryland, Stanford University’s National Accelerator Laboratory, and often lectures at American and European universities and research laboratories. Among other awards, he has been recipient of the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics, the Baker Award for Electronics, and the Fiaz Ahmad Faiz Prize for his contribution to education in Pakistan. He is also Chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization which publishes Urdu books on feminism, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and scientific issues.

Hoodbhoy is a passionate believer in the value of understanding science. He has authored approximately 120 articles on social and political issues in newspapers from around the world and is the author of the world renowned book on science entitled Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Reality (1991) that has been translated into several languages. He has also produced and directed several television series, such as the 1994 television programme Bazm-e-kainat, which sought to demonstrate the power of scientific thinking and new scientific insights into nature; the 2001 series Asrar-e-Jehan (Mysteries of the Universe) and a 30 minute anti-nuclear video Pakistan and India under the Nuclear Shadow. He is also involved in many social issues such as women’s rights, protecting the environment, promoting education and nuclear disarmament.

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