ISLAMABAD (AP) — The pioneering work of Abdus Salam,Pakistan's only Nobel laureate, helped lead to the apparent discovery of the subatomic "God particle" last week. But the late physicist is no hero at home, where his name has been stricken from school textbooks. Praise within Pakistan for Salam, who also guided the early stages of the country's nuclear program, faded decades ago as Muslim fundamentalists gained power. He belonged to the Ahmadi sect, which has been persecuted by the government and targeted by Taliban militants who view its members as heretics. Their plight — along with that of Pakistan's other religious minorities, such as Shiite Muslims, Christians and Hindus — has deepened in recent years as hardline interpretations of Islam have gained ground and militants have stepped up attacks against groups they oppose. Most Pakistanis are Sunni Muslims.
To be honest he is a far better role model for Pakistani youth than Abdul Qadir Khan, and his end was heart breaking.
Hoodbhoy said his body was returned to Pakistan in 1996 after he died in Oxford, England, and was buried under a gravestone that read "First Muslim Nobel Laureate." A local magistrate ordered that the word "Muslim" be erased.
Well, seems like many in Pakistan do want to keep a backward image of religious fundy nuts...
They could have chosen to be proud of his achievements and contributions to science, but heh, can't say I'm surprised... A scientist ? And a Ahmadi ?! A AHMADI SCIENTIST !!!??? ZionismUSAkufarhinduconspiracymarmelade !!!!! RAAAAGGGGGE- BOOOOOOOOYYYYYYYYYYY LAUNCH !!!
mr salem discovered the relationship between fundamental forces of nature....it's his misfortune that he was born in Pakistan...had he been an indian ,100's of schools colleges and universities would have been named after him.
Well, Newton was known for being religious, while Jesuits institution contribute much to the science and education.
Most Nobel laureates consider themselves 'religious', they just had the semi-impossible task of keeping their scientific and religious lives separated.
So, no, science and religion per se don't match really. Something both Newton and Darwin acknowledged and accepted.