Currently the elected Vice-President of World Meteorological Organisation, Prof. Dr. Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry is the former director general of Pakistan Meteorological Department. He is a renowned research scientist in the fields
Dr. Qamar uz Zaman
Currently the elected Vice-President of World Meteorological Organisation, Prof. Dr. Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry is the former director general of Pakistan Meteorological Department. He is a renowned research scientist in the fields of Global Warming & Climate Change, Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences, Hydrology and Seismology.
Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry was born in Sargodha. After receiving his early education he attended the famous Government College University, Lahore where he received his BSc in Physics with honours and MSc in Physics from the Quaid-i-Azam University. He then completed his PhD in meteorology from University of the Philippines Los Baños.
In 1993, he was awarded the SAARC Best Young Scientist Research Award for his contribution to meteorological sciences in Pakistan as well as in South Asia. He became the Director General of Pakistan Meteorological Department in 1996.
Dr Qamar uz Zaman represented Pakistan in more than hundred International meetings and conferences. In 1999, he was awarded the high civilian award Pride of Performance from the President of Pakistan, Justice (r) Muhammad Rafiq Tarar. He is also the recipient of the National Civil Award Sitara-i-Imtaiz (2011).
His contributions were involved in 2005 Kashmir earthquake, a disastrous earthquake in Pakistan which resulted in thousands of deaths. He set up Seismology and earthquake warning research centres in the Kashmir region as well as other parts of the country.
As a prominent international research scientist, Dr Qamar uz Zaman has produced numerous papers and articles that are published in national and international science journals. His articles are heavily focused in the field of meteorology, Extreme weather, forecast, hydrological and high impact weather systems technology, agricultural meteorology, global warming, climatic changes and natural disasters.
In 2009, he was honoured to become Vice President of World Meteorological Organisation after competing with most of the Asians, European Countries including India, Japan etc. He was retired from the position of Director General of Pakistan Meteorological Department on 13 September 2010.