Dr Abdus Salam was the first Pakistani to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his contribution to the electroweak unification theory. Most recently, his house in Britain has been taken in as a national heritage site by the United Kingdom government.
Recently, a Blue Plaque was unveiled just outside his house that read ‘Abdus Salam 1926-1996, Physicist, Nobel Laureate and Champion of Science in developing countries, lived here.’ Salam was the founder of the Theoretical Physics department at Imperial College London. Professor Michael Duff who completed his PhD under Salam added, ‘Abdus Salam, who was not only one of the finest scientists of the twentieth century, having unified two of the four fundamental forces of nature, but who also dedicated his life to the betterment of science and education in the developing world.’
Another one of his students Professor Ian Walmsley commented on his commitment to science as being deep and highly commendable. His son Ahmad Salam, shared his utmost happiness in seeing the plaque and so on part of a late father too. As in his words, ‘For him, above all else, that was the legacy he wanted to impart.’