Lahore’s Nobel Laureates

Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh has been awarded Nobel Peace Prize for 2006; definitely a great achievement!

A few days back we got this interesting story suggestion highlighting Lahore’s historic connection with some prominent Nobel laureates.

This is how Faraz Khalid puts it;

“…Once again, not many people know this. So lets put it in some limelight. Lahore is not called a center of excellence in education, culture and literature for nothing. Some of the most gifted scientists and nobel laureates of the past once belonged to Lahore. I am talking about nobel prize winning scholars who were either born in Lahore, or lived or studied in Lahore. Here’s a brief profile. Subramanyan Chandrasekhar (Nobel Prize in Physics 1983) – born in Lahore in 1910, Mr. Chandrasekhar did PhD from 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. H. Gobind Khorana (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1968) – Mr Khorana did his Msc from Punjab University Lahore and then PhD at University of Liverpool. He later became a Professor of Biology and Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Abdus Salam (Nobel Prize in Physics 1979) – Dr. Salam studied at Govt. College Lahore and later tought there and as the head of Mathmatics Department. He received PhD from Cambridge. He was a prolific researcher in theoretical elementary particle physics and pioneered many important developments in this field. 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. Since 1983, no nobel prize (as far as my knowledge goes) has gone to a Lahori. Lets see who is the next from GC, Punjab University, King Edward, LUMS or any of the dozens of Lahore’s institutes to achieve this distinction.”

Story Credit: Faraz Khalid

3 Comments so far

  1. Yahya (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 6:17 am

    Why don’t we have more of them? Any thoughts?


  2. kidal (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 9:55 am

    That sounds desperate!


  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

    Maybe that’s because our focus of education has shifted away from learning and research…



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