Abdus Salam (1926-1996) was a Pakistani physicist, known for his work on the fundamental forces of nature. In 1979 he was the first from his country to receive a Nobel prize.
Abdus Salam became a scientist by accident, when he won a scholarship to Cambridge in 1945 from the Punjab Small Peasants' welfare fund; he had intended to join the Indian civil service.
He subsequently worked on the structure of matter at the Cavendish Laboratory, Oxford, and elaborated the theory unifying fundamental forces in 1967. His ideas were verified experimentally at CERN in 1973.
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Abdus Salam was a Pakistani theoretical physicist.