Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy: The father of Pakistan’s Nuclear Programme

You might be asking yourself, why in the world should someone oie_2872139cWpjHHRmfeature a politician on a science blog, especially in a series called Pak Science Legacy; well the reason is because this politician happened to bring together the finest minds of Pakistan in an endeavour to keep up with the world in the fields of science. It was the need of the hour. The Manhattan project in the United States and the replication of that process in the Soviet Union had started a race to see who would beat who in a battle of wits. Knowledge, not military strength, would shape the world in the next century. And Suhrawardy knew that better than most.

Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy

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Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission

Ever since, Pakistan gained independence in 1947, it has suffered wioie_2872139cWpjHHRmth a sense of insecurity as it is bordered on one side by its arch-enemy India, and this feeling of insecurity led the decision-makers to strive towards a balance of power with India. Many of the country’s brightest and sharpest minds had put years of tireless effort into this endeavour. The work led to first the establishment of the Pakistan council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) in 1951.

Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech at the UN

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