– By NUST Science Society
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudry is among the most prominent scientists of Pakistan. Well-known for his contributions in the fields of natural products and bioorganic chemistry, he has authored 28 books and over 600 research papers. He is also the most cited scientist of Pakistan in last ten years, with citation exceeding 3,500. A total of 48 students have completed their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision.
Prof. Choudry was born on September 11, 1959 in Karachi, Pakistan. He attended the University of Karachi and earned a B.Sc. degree in 1980 and subsequently an M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry in 1983. He pursued his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from H.E.J. Research Institute, University of Karachi, and completed it in 1987. He continued his work in the field of Organic Chemistry and in 2005 he became one of the few Pakistanis to receive a Doctor of Science degree.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions, the President of Pakistan has bestowed upon him Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 1998, Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2001 and Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2007. He has also been awarded the Abdussalam Prize in Chemistry in 1990 and the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) young chemist award in 1994.
Prof. Choudry has served as a visiting faculty and research associate in many prestigious universities of the world including Cornell University, Purdue University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of California. He currently renders his services as the Director International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry at the University of Karachi. He is also a project director at the “Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicines and Drug Development” and a visiting faculty at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He also heads the largest “Industrial Analytical Centre” of Pakistan.
His work has resulted in a number of important scientific discoveries. He is also a pioneer of research in the fields of Natural Products and Structural Organic Chemistry in Pakistan.