Abdul Qadeer Khan aka A.Q. Khan was a Pakistani Nuclear Physicist, Metallurgical Engineer, and best known as the father of Pakistan’s Atomic Weapons Program. He passed away on October 10th, 2021 at the age of 85, tributes are pouring in on social media, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan tributed A.Q Khan on Twitter “He was loved by our nation (because) of his critical contribution in making us a nuclear weapon state. This has provided us security against an aggressive much larger nuclear neighbor. For the people of Pakistan he was a national icon.” Then, Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Choudhry wrote, “services for the nation and his contributions for strengthening Pakistan’s defense will always be remembered.”
Abdul Qadeer Khan Net Worth
$10 Million to $20 Million USD
Abdul Qadeer Khan was born to Abdul Ghafoor (Father) and Zulekh (Mother), his father was a schoolteacher and served in the Ministry of Education and his mother was a housewife. He was born in the erstwhile British Indian princely state of Bhopal State and later the partition, his family moved to Pakistan. After completing high school he attended the D. J. Science College and then transferred to the University of Karachi, in 1956 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in physics with a concentration on solid-state physics. Following next, he worked in the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation as an Inspector of weights and measures, and meantime he applied for a scholarship in West Germany. Succeeding, he moved to study material science at the Technical University in West Berlin but he switched to the Delft University of Technology in 1965, then he earned an engineer’s degree in materials technology also Abdul joined the doctoral program in metallurgical engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. In 1972, Abdul Qadeer Khan graduated with a DEng in metallurgical engineering and began working in the Physics Dynamics Research Laboratory. In 1974, he joined hands with Pakistan scientists to develop atomic weapons and then founded Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) in 1976. In his career, he was accused of selling nuclear secrets illegally to other nations, in Jan 2004 Abdul admitted his role in running the proliferation network. Besides this, Abdul Qadeer Khan was honored with several awards including Nishan-e-Imtiaz (1999), Nishan-e-Imtiaz (1996), Hilal-e-Imtiaz (1989), and 60 Gold medals from universities in the country. According to the report, he tested positive for COVID-19 on August 26th, 2021 but he passed away on October 10th at KRL Hospital, Islamabad.
The estimated Net Worth of Abdul Qadeer Khan is between $10 Million to $20 Million USD.
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