WebEx Discovery Park Distinguished Lecture: Katepalli Sreenivasan

May 7, 2020
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Online (Must register to receive WebEx Details)


See here to view the recorded WebEx lecture: https://youtu.be/7R6tAY69fSU


We are especially pleased to invite Dr. Katepalli Sreenivasan as our first WebEx Discovery Park Distinguished Lecturer at Purdue University. This inaugural WebEx lecture is in response to the new normal we are all adjusting to and enables us to broaden our access to distinguished scholars. Please join us on Thursday, May 7 from 3:30-4:30 pm for this seminar. (Must register here to receive WebEx seminar details).

Seminar Abstract:

Born in a family of modest means in an oppressed community, Salam pulled himself onto the high ground of human achievement by the force of his own personality. He became a great scientist laced with rich and grand ideas, and shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics with Sheldon Glashow and Steven Weinberg; spent most of his adult life in England and Italy while maintaining close ties with Pakistan; knew many scientists all across the world, both distinguished and nascent, as well as politicians and generals, and felt at home with all varieties of people; skillfully used high-level connections to build fine international institutions such as the International Center for Theoretical Physics or ICTP (which now bears his name) and the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS, now The World Academy of Sciences), both in Trieste, Italy. Salam used these institutions to organize first-rate scientific meetings and acted as a one-man standard bearer for science in many third world countries, now known politically correctly as developing countries; worked tirelessly to establish centers of excellence in several of them; relentlessly advocated the advancement of science in developing world, especially in Arab-Islamic countries, as a means for economic development. Salam’s concern for developing countries was genuine and he was, in a certain sense, a universal man; it was he who wrote and believed that, “Scientific thought is the heritage of [all] mankind.”

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