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Central Library of Imperial College London named after Dr. Abdus Salam, the first Nobel Laureate from Pakistan



In a graceful ceremony held at Imperial College London, the central library has formally been named as Abdus Salam Library in honour of the first Pakistani to be awarded Nobel Prize in Physics. High Commissioner of Pakistan in UK, Dr Mohammad Faisal; President of Imperial College, Professor Hugh Brady; family members of Dr. Salam including his two sons Umar Salam and Ahmed Salam, former students and faculty members of Imperial College attended the event.

In a statement, Pakistan’s High Commissioner Dr. Mohammad Faisal has said that, “Imperial College has honoured the distinguished services of Dr. Abdus Salam by naming central library after him. It is indeed a great honour for Pakistan and his family, being the first Pakistani to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics”. “Dr. Salam’s legacy will continue to provide guidance to students and researchers who are endeavouring to unwind the mysteries of theoretical physics”, stated the High Commissioner. 


Former students and faculty members of the Department of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College paid glowing tributes to Dr. Salam for his dedication towards understanding the complexities of quantum physics. His colleagues said that Dr. Salam was an epitome of hard work and simplicity. Dr. Salam always guided his students with utmost passion for science and learning, said Dr. Salam’s son Umar Salam.


An exhibition displaying Dr. Salam’s personal items including diaries, notes and diplomas was also arranged, that was visited by a large number of students and researchers. 


Dr. Abdus Salam was appointed as a Professor at Imperial College London in 1957, initially in Mathematics before moving to Physics in 1960. Together with his colleague Paul Matthews, he built up a distinguished world class theoretical physics group, which rapidly became an international centre for research on quantum field theory, attracting many academic visitors including several future Nobel Prize winners.

Published on : January 31, 2024

Last Update : January 31, 2024