Introduction of Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy
Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy (born 11 July 1950) is Professor of High Energy Physics and the head of the Physics Department at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He graduated and also received PhD from MIT and continues to do research in Particle physics. He received the Baker Award for Electronics in 1968, and the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics in 1984. He has authored various scientific research papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Hoodbhoy is also a prominent environmental and social activist and regularly writes on a wide range of social, cultural and environmental issues. He is the chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization which publishes Urdu books on women’s rights, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and modern thought. He is a staunch opponent of Wahhabist militant Islam in Pakistan and an advocate for democracy in the country.
Hoodbhoy gained his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, followed by M.S. in Solid-State Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973. He went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics in 1978 from the same institution. Later, he remained a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington. He has been a faculty member at the Quaid-e-Azam University since 1973. He is engaged in research on Quantum field theory, Particle Phenomenology, and Supersymmetry in Particle physics. He is a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, the University of Maryland, College Park, and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He also occasionally lectures at various American and European research institutions. He is a sponsor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists . He also serves on the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Doha Center.
Apart from his specialist field of research, Hoodbhoy extensively writes and speaks on general topics ranging from science in Islam to education and nuclear disarmament issues around the world. He is author of Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality, that has been translated into 5 languages. His articles on various issues related to science and social issues are often published in international media.
He is married to Hajra Ahmad, niece of Pakistani journalist-activist Eqbal Ahmad. Both their daughters, Asha and Alia, are graduates of Hampshire College.
He produced a 13-part documentary series in Urdu for Pakistan Television on critical issues in education, and two series aimed at popularizing science. In 2004, he made a documentary film ‘Crossing the Lines: Kashmir, Pakistan, India’ along with Zia Mian.
Awards and Honours
* Member of the Board of Sponsors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
* Awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science in Pakistan.
* His TV serials and film The Bell Tolls for Planet Earth won honorable mention at the Paris Film Festival.
He is also the recipient of:
* Baker Award for Electronics, British Association of Electronics and Radio Engineers (1968).
* Student-of-the-Year, Pakistan Students Association of America (1972).
* Rockefeller Mauze Fellowship for graduate studies (1973).
* Abdus Salam Award for Mathematics (1984).
* Associate of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (1986-1994).
* Faiz Ahmed Faiz Award, for contributions towards the cause of education in Pakistan (1990).
* “Book of the Year Award”, awarded by the National Book Council Of Pakistan (1993).
* Fulbright Award (1997-1998) for research at the University of Maryland, College Park.
* Selma V. Forkosch Prize (2003)
Recently we are witnessing a smear campaign against Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy. We, the Pakistani nation, are proud of our brave son. Dr. Hoodbhoy who refuses to subscribe to or bow to the evil ideology of the Mullahs, Ziaists, ISI and all those who support an uncritical pursuit of darkness, ignorance and violence. We know that supporters of the Mullahs, ISI, Ziaists are behind this dirty campaign.
We urge the Government of Pakistan to take notice of this dirty campaign. We urge governments and law enforcing agencies in all countries to take notice of violence incting emails and campaign against Dr. Hoodbhoy, arrest the culprits and bring them in a court of law.
List of persons involved in dirty campaign against Dr. Hoodbhoy:
Mr. Waqas Ahmed, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, Telephone 00968
Letter sponsored by http://www.ahmedquraishi.com
Mr. Ahmed Quraishi comments:
Recommendation: We need to start a witch-hunt in Pakistan to cleanse our academia and public life of such self-haters and defeatists who poison the minds of young Pakistanis about their homeland. Such academics and human rights activists should not be allowed to hide behind the freedom of expression.
Where is the Iternet Crime Unit of Pakistan, the UAE, and the Interpol?