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Letter from Abdus Salam to Michael Roll, February 19, 1987

Abdus Salam was Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London, a position which from 1964 he combined with that of Director of The International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. In 1979, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics. He died in November 1996.

Related material on this site:

Excommunication from Islam - Letter from Prof. Abdus Salam to Michael Roll (October 14, 1982)

Related material on other sites:

Biography of Abdus Salam from the website of The Nobel Foundation

A Tribute to Abdus Salam by M.J. Duff, a former PhD student of Abdus Salam. The tribute concludes with a brief anecdote:

"I recall a young student approaching Abdus Salam for advice on this ethical dilemma: "Professor Salam, these calculations confirm most of the arguments I have been making so far. Unfortunately, there are also these other calculations which do not quite seem to fit the picture. Should I also draw the reader's attention to these at the risk of spoiling the effect or should I wait? After all, they will probably turn out to be irrelevant." In a response which should be immortalized in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Salam replied: "When all else fails, you can always tell the truth".

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics