Lahore’s 4th Gift to the World: ‘Nobel’ Scholars

“In the spirit of all the holiday gift giving that will be taking place over the next couple of months, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout the week of NOV 26th – DEC 2. Lahore comes up with its 4th Gift to the World.”

Many are not aware of the contributions that some of the most prominent Lahorites have made towards various fields of learning including science, mathematics, philosophy, arts, and literature.

Lahore proudly gifts to the world, four Nobel laureates:

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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (Nobel Prize in Literature 1907) – Born in Bombay and later lived in Lahore for a few years, Mr. Kipling was a literary genius, with such classics as Jungle Book, Kim and many more under his belt.

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Har Gobind Khorana

Har Gobind Khorana (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1968) – Mr Khorana did his Msc from University of the Punjab, Lahore and then proceded for PhD at University of Liverpool. He later became a Professor of Biology and Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Dr. Abdus Salam

Dr. Abdus Salam (Nobel Prize in Physics 1979) – Dr. Salam studied at Govt. College Lahore, later, taught and headed the Mathematics Department there. He received PhD from Cambridge. He was a prolific researcher in theoretical elementary particle physics and pioneered many important developments in this field.

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Subramanyan Chandrasekhar

Subramanyan Chandrasekhar (Nobel Prize in Physics 1983) – Born in Lahore in 1910, Mr. Chandrasekhar did his PhD from University of Cambridge and produced a number of papers on stellar dynamics, general theory of relativity and relativistic astrophysics, the mathematical theory of black holes and much more.

As other Metroblogging make eforts in gift giving, David Markland from Los Angeles has been maintaining a regularly updated, day-to-day Guide to Metroblogging Cities’ Gifts to the World

Also check out:

Lahore’s 3rd Gift to the WorldLahore’s 2nd Gift to the World
Lahore’s 1st Gift to the World

8 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

    OH… MY… GOD!!!!!

    i knew lahore was a education center of excellence… but didnt have any idea…… :|

    Way to go hasan! Now this post is worthy of being a gift!


  2. Yahya (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 4:10 pm

    Yes Lahore was once famous as a centre of education and intellect in the whole of India… but that was before. Thanks to years of Jamaat e Islami ghunda gardee Lahore educational institutions are in intellectual ruins and so is Lahore. And it will take a long while for it to recover. I suspect Lahore needs someone like MQM (not necessarily the whole package :)) to give it a slightly secular outlook before it will start to intellectually prosper once again.


  3. Faraz (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 11:03 pm

    Thank You Hasan. Since I was the first one to point out the 4 nobel laureates from Lahore in Metblogs, I am very pleased that this is picked up as one of the gifts from Lahore.

    Lahore was, and indeed is, a center of excellence. Just recently a group of students from LUMS won the prestegious Stokholm Challenge Award 2006 – The award is sometimes regarded as the nobel prize in IT !!!

    Regrading gifts from Lahore, i believe we must have Allama Iqbal in the list. A scholar, philosopher and visionery of his caliber is pretty hard to find in modern history, atleast in south asia.


  4. A for apple (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

    Lolz .. should I scream that Yah I knew it … :)

    But brilliant pick for a gift …. Lahore’s going coolio …!


  5. Yahya (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2006 @ 8:36 pm

    I prefer Faiz Ahmad Faiz over Iqbal any day. Faiz’s message is much clearer and tangible and he has a real following. His own struggle only gives further credibility to his message.

    Iqbal’s position was much fluid and he said different things at different times and has therefore in my opinion not as much credence as Faiz. I suspect Iqbal’s reverence in even South Asia is not as much as we like to believe and much less in the rest of the world.


  6. Bulla (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 3:33 am

    For those who STILL don’t know: Iqbal wasn’t from Lahore!


  7. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

    @Yahya: I must say, things are definitely getting better :-)

    @Faraz: Oh yeah, I credit you for bringing up such an exciting piece of information.

    And, Iqbal, then again has a more regional appeal… What do ya say?

    @Asma: I must thank an Islooite for bringing the 5th Gift from Lahore!!

    @Bulla: Point noted! ;)


  8. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 11:32 am

    Our 5th or your’s 5th :O



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