Dr. Abdul Hameed Nayyar, who was born on 9 January 1945, is a physicist and nuclear activist. He received his early and intermediate education in Sukhur and Multan before attending the Karachi University. At University
Dr. Abdul Hameed Nayyar, who was born on 9 January 1945, is a physicist and nuclear activist. He received his early and intermediate education in Sukhur and Multan before attending the Karachi University. At University of Karachi, Nayyar received his BSc and MS in Physics from there. Later, he went to United Kingdom to attend Imperial College London, where he obtained his PhD in Theoretical-Condensed matter physics. Upon returning, he took up teaching position at the Physics department at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad in 1973.
Dr. Nayyar specialized in solid state physics and quantum physics, and quantum mechanics. He was a visiting research scientist at the Princeton University and worked on Renewable Energy and Clean Fuel Program at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad. Dr. Nayyar is also a prominent peace activist, strong supporter of non-nuclear proliferation, nuclear disarmament, and peaceful use of nuclear technology.
Since retiring in 2005, he has been involved in running the Renewable Energy/Clean Fuel program at SDPI. He is presently a faculty member at the LUMS.
He co-edited the SDPI report 'The Subtle Subversion: The State of Curricula and Textbooks in Pakistan', published in 2003, the report critically examined curriculum guidelines and textbook contents in the mainstream public school system of Pakistan. The report, which was intensely debated on public forums, eventually led to the government exercise to revise school curricula and textbooks. Also from SDPI, he co-authored a critical appraisal of the National Education Policy, published in 2006.
dr. Nayyar has also researched and written on Madrassa education. For over a year, he served as the Executive Director of Developments in Literacy, an organization of Pakistani Americans for philanthropic intervention in education to disadvantaged communities in Pakistan. Also for a year in 2010, he served as the Director of the Ali Institute of Education, Lahore.
Dr. Nayyar also takes an active interest in the national and international peace movements. Dr. Nayyar is a member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000.
Another area that interests him is nuclear disarmament. He holds a visiting position at the Programme on Science and Global Security of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, USA, where he spends summer months conducting technical studies on issues in nuclear disarmament. He is a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials.