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27 Pakistani Scientists working on CERN’s LHC “Big Bang” Experiments

Posted in Education, innovation, Living in Pakistan by techlahore on September 16, 2008

Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle collider successfully completed its first major test by firing a beam of protons all the way around a 17-mile tunnel.The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is drawing a lot of media attention. As it should, since the LHC is the most expensive piece of experimental gear ever assembled. It aims to uncover no less than absolutely fundamental truths about creation, and the universe we live in. Will we find the elusive Higgs Boson? Will we uncover energy leaks into other dimensions, providing experimental credence to the premise of String Theory? These and many other fundamental questions will potentially be unraveled by the LHC.

But as with most such large scale projects, the LHC has had its share of detractors. There was initially some fear (amongst the scientifically challenged!) that miniature black holes would result from the particle collisions, potentially consuming the Earth. Well, that certainly didn’t happen! But we did recently learn something a little more real and useful… and that is that Pakistan had a major role to play in these experiments. In fact, there are no less than 27 Pakistani scientists and physicists involved in the operation of the LHC.

Now this is certainly something to celebrate and be proud of! Our brilliant men and women are at the very forefront of ground breaking discoveries in science!

The DAWN carries more on this:

Pakistani scientists part of Big Bang experiment

ISLAMABAD: Around 27 Pakistani scientists and technicians took part in the flawless start to the ‘Big Bang’ experiment that will re-enact the first moments of the universe.

‘Fifteen physicists, ten engineers, five Lasers and Opto-electronics experts, six computer professionals and six students from National Centre for Physics (NCP) and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) are involved in the experiment and this opportunity provided them with an immense learning opportunity,’ said Dr. Riazuddin, Former Director General NCP while briefing the media on the contribution of Pakistani scientists in Big Bang experiment.

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  1. Jehan said, on September 17, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I believe there are 3 women from the Punjab University who are a part of the “Big Bang” experiment. Indeed something to celebrate!

  2. Zubair Shahab said, on September 19, 2008 at 7:04 am

    The possibility of a miniature black hole emerging is actually very real. This has been accepted by the director of one of the experiments himself. However, it is unlikely that it would be a powerful enough vacuum to suck the Earth in. They have not yet actually collided any two particles, so it may yet happen!

    The point of your article still stands, and it is wonderful to see our countrymates excelling in the scientific world!

  3. farah said, on September 20, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    i think itz good to know the hidden secrets as the quest of knowledge lead the man to encode other secrets too

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  6. Irfan Shah said, on October 16, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Does anyone know what is the total number of scientists and technicians working on CERN’s experiment?

  7. shahid said, on November 22, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Well, its good news for us but we should keep in mind that besides sending their professionals india has also provided some materials that are prepared in India, we should work hard more.

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  9. Sajid said, on December 26, 2008 at 5:33 am

    I love my Pakistan and every Pakistani live in …….

  10. Anjum said, on December 30, 2008 at 6:12 am

    well, there are many pakistanis who are working in CERN from technician level to computing and scientists level. NCP, PAEC, NUST all are involved. I myself worked in CERN. It is difficult to give exact number of Pakistanis working in CERN as it keeps on changing. Some people stay there for 03 month rotations, some stay for an year and some throughout the experiment…

  11. Le Mystique said, on January 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    @Anjum: You are right. Thank you.

  12. Maxwell said, on January 6, 2009 at 8:48 pm


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  14. mudassar ahmed said, on June 1, 2009 at 11:54 am

    i am very exicted in this experimennt. and i hope that this experiment brings new revolution in the history of physics and the world. And it is honour for us that our 27 pakistanis scientists are also part of this experiment. we hope for the best.

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  16. Nadeem said, on July 14, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Are there any women physicists doing laser optics research in islamabad? or Karachi or Lahore.

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