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Cosmic AngerAbdus Salam - The First Muslim Nobel Scientist$
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Gordon Fraser

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208463.001.0001

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Not so splendid isolation

Not so splendid isolation

(p.103) 7 Not so splendid isolation
Cosmic Anger

Gordon Fraser

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Salam's life after interest in quantum field theory went out of fashion. Salam's scholarship, originally from British India but now taken over by the government of the new nation of Pakistan, expired. Salam had climbed the highest summits of research, but had done so faster than the Cambridge PhD regulations allowed. He therefore had no doctorate, the conventional entry ticket to academia, but did have an offer of a temporary position at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, where important work was being done. Standing at a crossroads after five years away from home, Salam felt his duty was to return to the Punjab, now part of a nation he had not yet really experienced. In 1951, he returned to the Punjab to become Professor of Mathematics at Government College, Lahore, his alma mater, and Chairman of the Mathematics Department of the University of the Punjab.

Keywords:   Abdus Salam, quantum field theory, physics, Punjab, Lahore

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