Royal Society Publishing

Muhammad Abdus Salam, K. B. E.. 29 January 1926–21 November 1996

T. W. B. Kibble


Abdus Salam was one of the leading theoretical physicists of his generation, the first Muslim to win a Nobel Prize for science. He was Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, founding Director of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, and founder and first President of the Third World Academy of Sciences. He was also a warm and generous man, who cared passionately about the inequities between the rich countries and the poor, and argued tirelessly for the importance of science to developing countries.