Ten fun facts about Abdul Qadeer Khan


Fact 1
He is colloquially regarded as the founder of HEU based Gas-centrifuge uranium enrichment program for Pakistan's integrated atomic bomb project.

Fact 2
He founded and established the Kahuta Research Laboratories (KRL) in 1976, being both its senior scientist and the director-general until his retirement in 2001.

Fact 3
Apart from participating in Pakistan's atomic bomb project, he made major contributions in molecular morphology, physical martensite, and its integrated applications in condensed and material physics.


Fact 4
Abdul Qadeer Khan was one of Pakistan's top scientists.

Fact 5
Khan was born in 1936 in Bhopal, a princely state of the British Indian Empire, into an Urdu-speaking Pathan family.

Fact 6
Qadeer Khan obtained an engineer's degree in technology from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and a doctorate engineering in Metallurgical engineering under the supervision of Martin Brabers from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, in 1972.

Fact 7
Qadeer Khan's doctoral dissertations were written in German.

Fact 8
In 1972, the year he received his doctorate, Abdul Qadeer Khan through a former university classmate, and a recommendation from his old professor and mentor, Martin J. Brabers, joined the senior staff of the Physics Dynamics Research Laboratory in Amsterdam.

Fact 9
Abdul Qadeer Khan remains a popular figure and many saw him as national hero of Pakistan.

Fact 10
He often served as Pakistan's extreme national pride, and his long association with science bought Khan a tremendous popularity.


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