The award was announced by the Salam Prize committee, constituted by the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. Dr. Iqbal has been cited for his ground-breaking contributions to super string theory and its relationship with super symmetry and gauge theories. String theory is an active area of research, the objective of which is to combine the apparently disparate realms of general relativity and quantum mechanics.
Dr. Amer Iqbal, a Ph.D from MIT, has led the LUMS Department of Physics in its formative years. His research interests are at the cutting-edge frontiers of the small and large-scale structure of the universe. Interestingly, knots, the very knots in shoelaces and hair-braids, are also mathematical objects that interest him.
The Salam Prize or the Abdus Salam Prize is amongst the most prestigious awards given annually to Pakistani scientists in the fields of chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology, below 35 years of age. The award is given on the basis of the collected research and/or a technical essay written specially for the Salam Prize. It comprises a certificate giving a citation and a cash award of US$1,000. The award was set up by Dr. Abdus Salam in 1980 from the proceeds of his Nobel Prize of 1979.
The idea for the Award was presented to Professor Abdus Salam by his students Dr. Riazuddin, Dr. Fayyazuddin and Dr. Asghar Qadir. Dr. Salam approved of the idea wholeheartedly as he felt that he should use the Prize money to further his mission of Development of Science in the Third World. In line with this mission, he specially put aside funds to help Pakistan and Pakistani students. His students, Dr. Fayyazuddin and Dr. Asghar Qadir were given the task of formulating the rules and procedures for a Prize to be awarded to young Pakistani scientists for their research in the basic sciences. Consequently the Salam Prize was established.