This is the 3rd installment of my ‘So I met the scientist’ series. To see more of it, click here.
Dr. Professor Raziuddin Siddiqui was both an eminent theoretical physicist and a renowned mathematician. He has the rare distinction of having been awarded not only the Sitara Imtiaz, and Hilal-e-Imtiaz, but also the prestigious Nishan-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civilian decoration. He has played an influential role in our education system and integrated nuclear deterrence development. An educationist and a scientist, Siddiqui established numerous educational research institutes and universities across the country.
Dr. Siddiqui was born on January 8, 1908 in Hyderabad– Deccan, India. He attended Osmania University, and earned the B.A. degree in Mathematics with distinction in 1925. He completed his M.A. in Mathematics, under Paul Dirac from the University of Cambridge in 1928 and his Ph.D at the University of Leipzig in Germany (Weimar Republic). He had the rare privilege to study Mathematics and Quantum mechanics under Albert Einstein in Berlin and Heisenberg at Leipzig. He received his M.Sc. in Mathematics and M.Phil. in Quantum Physics under the distinction of Albert Einstein. He completed his Ph.D inTheoretical Physics, under the supervision of the renowned Physicist and Nobel Laureate Dr. Werner Karl Heisenberg in 1930.
Dr. Siddiqui served as the the Vice-Chancellor of four Pakistan universities, the first V.Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University and served as the Emeritus professor of Physics all his life. At the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, he became a mentor of country’s academic scientists and remained a vital research figure in the atomic bomb program. There, he was the director of the Mathematical Physics Group (MPG) and was tasked with to perform mathematical calculations involved in fission and the supercomputing. In 1990, he was made Professor Emeritus of Physics and Mathematics at QAU.
He had passion for both Physics and Mathematics which remained with him until his death. He peacefully died on January 8, 1998, at the age of 90.
- So I met the scientist! Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad at NUST (zainabkhawaja.wordpress.com)