Dr. Zia Mian was born in Lahore. He received his early education from Lahore and later migrated to United Kingdom with his family. He attended Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, where he received his
Dr. Zia Mian
Dr. Zia Mian was born in Lahore. He received his early education from Lahore and later migrated to United Kingdom with his family. He attended Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, where he received his BSc in Physics; later he received his MSc and PhD from the same institution. He then came back to Pakistan where he joined Quaid-i-Azam University as a Geophysics professor.
In 1994, he went to United States and taught at Yale University. In 1997, he joined Princeton University as a research scientist. At Princeton, he continues to research in non-nuclear proliferation, nuclear disarmament, global security issues.
Dr. Zia Mian is urrently the director of the Project on Peace and Security in South Asia, at the Program on Science and Global Security. He is the editor of several books, his books heavily focus on the issues concerning nuclear science, nuclear technology, and Science and technology in Pakistan. Zia Mia has played a pivotal role in Pakistan's peaceful use of nuclear technology and helped make two documentary films on peace and security in South Asia. Mian has been listed as one of the 15 Asian Scientists To Watch by Asian Scientist Magazine on 15 May 2011.
Dr. Mian is a highly cited Pakistani-American physicist, nuclear expert, nuclear policy maker and research scientist at Princeton University. Dr. Zia Mian is also a prominent peace activist and a strong supporter of non-nuclear proliferation, nuclear disarmament, and peaceful use of nuclear technology. However, he has strongly supported Pakistan's peaceful nuclear program in many international forums and conferences.
He has also criticized Pakistan and India's nuclear weapon programs in many international forums. He was a staunch critic of President Bush's policies in South Asia and especially in Pakistan, and he heavily criticized President Bush's policies toward the War on Terror. He is a sponsor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Dr. Mian was a strong critic of the President of the United States, George W. Bush's policies in the South Asia particularly Pakistan. Zia Mian began criticizing President Bush after President Bush visited India and met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to sign a nuclear deal.
According to Mian, neglecting Pakistan in nuclear issues will intensify a nuclear arms race between Pakistan and India. Zia Mian also criticized Bush regarding his policies in Afghanistan by saying that Talibans insurgency has increased, and that NATO and American forces in Afghanistan, had not introduced any social and economic reforms there. He so said that the Taliban was also destabilizing the adjacent country Pakistan.
Dr. Zia Mian played a significant role in Pakistan's nuclear policy. He is seen widely with respect in Pakistan's Nuclear Society. He also helped the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan to build and establish particle accelerators in Pakistan's universities. Zia Mia also advocated for civilian nuclear power plants in Pakistan. Dr. Zia Mian also assisted the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shaukat Aziz to establish particle accelerators in the universities of Pakistan.
He has worked at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge (Massachusetts), and at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad. He is Associate Editor of Science & Global Security, an international journal for peer-reviewed scientific and technical. In 1997, Dr. Zia Mian joined Princeton University as a research scientist.
Dr. Mian is also on the advisory board of FFIPP-USA (Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace-USA), a network of Palestinian, Israeli, and International faculty, and students, working in for an end of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and just peace.
In 2004, Dr. Zia Mian, along with well-known Pakistani Nuclear Physicist Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, produced two documentary films focusing on nuclear issues. In an Interview, Dr. Mian said "The aim of the film was to challenge the national stories common in India, Pakistan and Kashmir and to make a case for living together in plural and diverse democratic societies rather than fighting over borders."