Prof. Riazuddin is a
distinguished theoretical physicist who was a pupil of late Nobel Lauriate
Abdus Salam (1926-2001). He is the founder of the National Center for Physics
(NCP), Islamabad, and has been its director since 1999. His current
research interest is focused on gauge theories and
phenomenology of particle interactions. He also dedicates a great deal of
his time to the
promotion of science in his country.
Before becoming the Director of NCP,
Prof. Riazuddin has been, successively:
Professor at King Fahd
University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudia Arabia, from 1982
Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, Iowa
City, USA from 1981 to 1982.
Professor, Virginia Polytechinic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA, USA,
from 1980 to 1981.
Visiting Scientist at the International Center for Theroetical Physics
(ICTP), Trieste, Italy, from 1979 to 1980.
Member (Technical) of the Pakistan Atomic Energy
Commission from 1973 to 1976
Principal Research Associate, Daresbury Nuclear
Physics Laboratory, UK, 1972.
Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland,
USA, from 1970 to 1972.
Professor at the University of Islamabad
(now called Quaid -
Azam University) from 1966 to 1981.
Research Associate at the University of
Pennsylvania, Philadephia, USA, from 1965 to 1966.
Visiting Senior Research
Assciate at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York,
USA, from 1963 to 1965.
in Physics at Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, from 1959 to 1963.
Throughout his long and
distinguished scientific career, Prof. Riazuddin won many awards and
honorary titles, amongst them:
The Gold Medal in Physical Sciences for Scientist of
Less Than 40 Years of Age, in 1968, awarded by the Pakistan academy of
Sciences (That same academy
elected him a Fellow in 1976.)
The Gold Medal of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences
(jointly with his
brother Prof. Fayyazuddin), for outstanding research
work in physical sciences in 1979.
Tamgha-e-Imtiaz and the Hilal-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan in
1980, 1990 and 1999.
International Award (First Prize), awarded by the Iranian Government in
UNESCO Albert Einstein Gold Medal for Fundamental Science in 2000.
the Third World Academy of Sciences in 2000.
Fellow of the Islamic Academy of
Sciences in 2000.
Prof. Riazuddin has also around 200 publications to
his credit including the joint authorship of three books:
of Weak Interaction in Particle Physics, John Wiley, New York, 1969.
(Written jointly with R. E. Marshak and C. P. Ryan).
Quantum Mechanics, World Scientific, Singapore, 1990. (Written jointly with
Modern Introduction to Particle Physics, World Scientific, Singapore,
1994. (Written jointly with Fayyazuddin).
The book on weak interactions
was regarded as
a classic on the subject and received over 582 citation until 1996.