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Abdus Salam, born in rural Pakistan, was one of nine siblings. Studying by candlelight, at the age of nine, he was the highest-scoring pupil in the nation's only standard examination. He was fifteen when he saw an electric light bulb for the first time.

One year later, at sixteen, he had his first national scientific publication in which he simplified theorems of the legendary mathematician Ramanujan. By his late twenties, Salam was already a recognized prodigy in the world of physics, and at thirty-one narrowly missed getting the Nobel Prize.

To mitigate the intellectual isolation of poor-world scientists, at the age of thirty-five, Salam founded the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. The center is now named after him and has received over 100,000 visiting scientists from developing countries.

At fifty-three, Salam was awarded the Nobel Prize for unifying two of the four fundamental forces of nature, a groundbreaking achievement that fulfilled Einstein's dream of unity. Salam is ranked as one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century.
Noble Prize Ceremony 1979
Receiving the 1979 Nobel Prize
for Physics from the King of Sweden
About the Documentary Film

Why? Abdus Salam overcame humble beginnings, a modest formative education and religious intolerance to become one of the leading physicists of the 20th century. Salam is the only Pakistani and the first Muslim Nobel laureate in the sciences. Salam’s story will enlighten and entertain, and celebrate his vision of science as a bridge between cultures. The Salam docufilm will inspire generations of children, particularly from developing countries, to pursue science and contribute to what Salam called "the shared heritage of humanity.”

How? The docufilm will be a narrative biography tracing Salam’s path from a small village in rural Pakistan to the United Kingdom and Italy. The story will be told using archival footage, interviews with colleagues, students, and family-members, and on-location footage from Pakistan, the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Salam's science will be explained with the aid of 3-D animations and interviews with experts from the field.

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