– By NUST Science Society
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 played an influential role in our 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, India. He attended Osmania University, and earned 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 received his M.Sc. in Mathematics and M.Phil in Quantum Physics under the supervision of Albert Einstein. He completed his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics under the supervision of the renowned Physicist and Nobel Laureate Dr. Werner Karl Heisenberg in 1930.
Dr. Siddiqui was the first Vice-Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) and served the same position at three other universities as well. In 1990, he was made Professor Emeritus of Physics and Mathematics at QAU. At PAEC, he was the first full-time technical member, developed its charter, and was director of the Mathematical Physics Group (MPG), tasked to perform mathematical calculations involved in fission and supercomputing. He was a founding fellow of Pakistan Academy of Sciences and also founded the first mathematical society in Pakistan, which goes by “Pakistan Mathematical Society” today.
He had passion for both Physics and Mathematics which remained with him until his death. He died on January 8, 1998, at the age of 90.