29 January 1926 – 29th January 2015
Dr. Albert Einstein and Dr. Abdus Salam – A comparison
Einstein was born on a Friday on 14th March 1879 in Ulm Germany. Dr Salam was born on Friday on January 29, 1926 in Jhang, India.
Einstein belonged to a small community of Jews, while Dr. Salam was a staunch member of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at.
Einstein studied in Switzerland and Germany. Dr. Salam studied in India, Pakistan and the UK.
Einstein homeland was divided into East and West Germany in 1945. Dr. Salam homeland was divided into India and Pakistan.
Einstein got married at age 23 in 1903. Dr. Salam got married at 26 in 1949.
Einstein did doctorate at 26 in 1905. Dr. Salam got doctorate at 25 in 1951.
Einstein wrote his first research paper at 24 in 1903. Salam did this at age 25.
Einstein wrote his Nobel Prize winning paper in 1905 when he was 26. Dr. Salam wrote his Nobel Prize winning paper at age 41.
Einstein immigrated to US but kept his German citizenship. Dr. Salam immigrated to UK, but kept his Pakistani citizenship.
Einstein started work at Institute for Advance Study in 1933, whereas Salam founded his own centre for theoretical physics in Italy in 1964.
Einstein married twice; his second wife was his cousin. Dr. Salam married twice; his first wife was his cousin.
Einstein was father of two sons, oldest son did doctorate. Salam had two sons, and four daughters, oldest daughter did doctorate.
Einstein predicted gravitational waves but not proven or detected. Salam predicted proton decay, but no experimental evidence that it does occur.
Einstein wrote 250 papers, Dr. Salam wrote 273 research papers.
In Germany when Hitler came to power, Jews were hounded. In Pakistan Ahmadis were persecuted during the rule of Zia al-Haq.
Einstein signed a document in 1955 for the destruction of nuclear weapons. Salam was also against such weapons, was awarded Atoms for Peace Prize 1968.
Einstein gave Spencer lecture in Oxford at 54; Salam gave same lecture at age 53.
Einstein traveled to various countries, Salam was a world traveler.
Einstein did not believe in quantum theory, whereas Salam did.
Einstein could not unify EMF force with gravity. Salam unified EMF with weak nuclear force.
Einstein passed away in Princeton, NJ, on 18th April 1955. Salam passed away in Oxford on 21st November 1996.
Einstein first name starts with A, Dr. Salam first name starts with A.
Quote: Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift. – Albert Einstein
Quote: “From time immemorial, man has desired to comprehend the complexity of nature in terms of as few elementary concepts as possible”. Dr. Abdus Salam
Zakaria Virk with Prof. Abdus Salam 1982 USA