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Dr. Noor M. Butt

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Local Address: Islamabad, Pakistan
Preston Institute of Nano Science & Technology

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • B.Sc. , applied physics
    Punjab University Lahore
  • Master's degree , physics
    Government College Lahore
  • University of Birmingham
  • degree of Doctor of Philosophy
    Birmingham University
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Dr. N. M. Butt, Chairman ..., 29 Aug 2014 [cached]
Dr. N. M. Butt, Chairman Preston Institute of Nano Science & Technology (PINSAT) lauded the commitment of late Prof. Kamaluddin to produce students at par with the standards being followed in advanced countries and recalled Professor Kamal as an honest, upright, and straightforward person with impeccable record of services rendered to Pakistan from his days in PINSTECH in 1967 until his last assignment as Advisor in CIIT, in 2013.
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N. M. Butt
N. M. Butt
Dr. Noor Muhammad Butt was born on 3rd June1936 in Sialkot. After completing his high school education, he gained a pre-science diploma from Murray College Sialkot in 1950 and then earned his B.Sc. in applied physics from Punjab University Lahore in 1955. The same year, he was accepted at the Government College Lahore to do his Master's degree in physics. In 1957, he completed his Master of Science (M.Sc.) with experimental specialization in the Nuclear physics under the renowned nuclear physicist Professor Rafi Muhammad Chaudhry, the Head of the Department of Physics at the Government College at that time.
His master degree's thesis was written on "The nuclear reactions when the protons from this accelerator strike the nuclear target of lithium produce a nuclear reaction, breaking the atomic nucleus of lithium". After his master's degree, Butt joined Government College as a lecturer in physics. He stayed there till 1960. In 1961, he won a Commonwealth Scholarship and the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Scholarship to pursue his doctoral studies in Europe. On his mentors' advice, Butt travelled to the United Kingdom where he attended the University of Birmingham. During his studies, Butt learned the course on the Kinetic theory of solids from Prof. Rudolf Peierls, a leading member and senior scientist who participated in the Manhattan Project and who was still working as the Head of the implosion device being developed under this project in early 1940's.
Thus, at Birmingham University during his studies for Ph.D., Butt had studied and taught nuclear physics under three world known nuclear professors whose names form part of the nuclear history of the world. Later, Butt had a rich and full interaction with a large number of nuclear and material scientists of over 25 countries during his lectures and seminars at the laboratories of these countries of the East and the West. In 1967, he received his Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) in nuclear physics under the supervision of Dr. Philip Burton Moon. He joined the "Department of Nuclear Physics", Birmingham University, where he earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.), thereafter. In 1968, he became a distinguished professor of nuclear physics at the University of Birmingham where he had continued his research in Fission product. In 1970, Butt joined ICTP in Trieste as a "Senior Associate" (SA). During his stay at ICTP, he began his studies and research in the field of Solid-state physics which led him to win the "Associate ICTP Award in Solid-State Physics". In 1979, Butt was also conferred with an "ICTP Award in Nuclear Physics". In 1975, Butt along with Dr. Riazuddin and Dr. Masud Ahmad came back to Pakistan where he attended a meeting in PAEC Headquarters. As the work on nuclear weapon design was initiated, Butt was given a transfer to the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH) where, he was appointed as a director-general of the Nuclear Physics Division (NPD). Butt worked closely with Dr. Naeem Ahmad Khan in the development of the fissionable device throughout the 1970s.
In 1983, Butt was a part of team of scientists that eye-witnessed the cold test of a nuclear device, near the Kirana Hills. In 1984, he was promoted and became an "Associate Director (AD)" of PINSTECH, and was responsible for the research undertaken in the institute. In 1991, as Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad became a chairman of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Butt was appointed Deputy Director-General of the PINSTECH institute.
In 1995, Butt was elected and became a President of Pakistan Nuclear Society (PNS). In 1996, he was promoted as Director-general of the institute.
In May 28, 1998, Butt was among one of the scientists that eye-witnessed the successful Chagai-I tests of six nuclear devices in Ras Koh Hills. As a Chief Scientist (CS) at PAEC, Butt took retirement from the PAEC in late 1998. In 2000, t he PAEC had made him "Scientist of Emeritus" (SE) in PINSTECH Institute to which he is still attached. The same year, he was elected President of Pakistan Physical Society. On October 2003, he was appointed as National Commission on Nano-Science and Technology (NCNST). In 2005 he was appointed Chairman of the Pakistan Science Foundation. Butt is an elected fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and Islamic Academy of Sciences to which he was last elected in 1993. Since his retirement, he has participated in over 125 national and international conferences and presented invited papers in many of them. He has contributed articles to Newspapers, and contributed to Radio and TV programmes for propagation Science and Technology from time to time. Butt was awarded Khwarizmi International Award in 1995, Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 1992, Gold Medal Pakistan Academy of Sciences in 1990, ICTP Award in Nuclear Physics in 1970, Aacademic Roll of Honour in 1957 and Gold Medal from Murray College in 1955
Dr. Noor M. ..., 27 Sept 2011 [cached]
Dr. Noor M. Butt Preston University Dr. S. Gh. Etemad
Dr. Noor M. Butt
Professor Dr. Noor M. Butt did his M. Sc Physics (1957) from Government College, Punjab University, Pakistan and his Ph.D (Nuclear/Solid State 1965) and D.Sc (Physics, 1993) from the University of Birmingham, U.K. His classical work (1963) with O'Connor established the confirmation of Waller's theory (1923) of phonons at the Bragg diffraction peaks using diffraction of Mossbauer gamma-rays from LiF single crystals which has been extensively cited for several decades and printed in several books including those of Cambridge University Press (U.K.) and North Holland Publishers.
He has published over 160 research papers. Professor Butt is on the Editorial Boards of several National and International Journals (including J.Nanoparticle Research, JNR ,M/S Springer Verlag, Germany, 2008-to date and J.Nano Education, JNE, USA) and Member of Governing Bodies and Technical Committees of several organizations/Universities.
Dr. Butt is Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and the Islamic Academy of Sciences and has been President of a few Professional Societies of Pakistan. He is the First Joint Winner of International Kharazmi Prize, Iran. He was elected Hon. Member of the World Innovation Foundation (WIF). The WIF has world known Scientific and Engineering Professionals as its elected Members including about 90 Nobel Laureates.
He retired in 1996 as Chief Scientist/ Director General of PINSTECH, Pakistan's premier research Institute and he was the first to be given the position of Scientist Emeritus (Life-title) of PAEC in view of his outstanding services to the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).
For over 50 years he has contributed to the development of science( teaching & research) in Pakistan. As Representative in Pakistan for the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meetings for the last 8 years since 2003 Dr Butt has arranged the participation of bright young Pakistani scientists in these one-week annual meetings where some 15-20 Nobel Laureates interact every year with some 500 young scientists of over 60 countries . ome 58 such future science leaders from Pakistan have attended these meetings.
Currently he is Professor and Chairman of the Preston Institute of Nano Science and Technology (PINSAT) of the Preston University, Islamabad.
Scientific Discovery April 2006 - May 2006 - Page 1, 1 April 2006 [cached]
Professor Butt obtained his MSc in Physics from Punjab University, Lahore (Pakistan), in 1957, his PhD from Birmingham University (UK) in 1965, and was awarded a DSc from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 1993. Professor Butt has published more than 100 research papers in the field of Nuclear Solid State Physics. His specific fields of scientific interest are Neutron Diffraction and Scattering, Research Reactor Utilization and Moössbauer Spectroscopy. In recognition of his outstanding research work, Prof. Butt was awarded the Open Gold Medal in Physical Sciences, of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences in 1990. He was also awarded the 'Sitara-i-Imtiaz', which was awarded to him by the President of Pakistan in 1991. Prof. Noor M Butt became a Fellow of the Islamic Academy of Sciences in 1993. He was the First Joint Winner of 8th Kharazmi Prize, Iran (1995). Prof. Butt's last designation was Director General of the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH), Pakistan. At retirement he became the First 'Scientist Emeritus' honoured with this life-title. Among the previous posts occupied by Prof. Butt was Director General and Chief Scientist at the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH), and Vice-President of Crystallography Society of Pakistan. He is the former President of the Pakistan Nuclear Society (1995-1997), and Treasurer of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1994-1998). Professor Butt has lectured on his research in more than 25 countries and has been working as an IAEA (UN) expert and consultant in the Nuclear field. He has worked as visiting scientist at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE), Harwell (UK), Oxford University (UK), ICTP, Trieste (Italy) and Reactor Institute, Stockholm (Sweden) He has participated in over 125 national and international conferences and presented invited papers in many of them. He has contributed articles to Newspapers, and to contributed Radio and TV programmes for propagation Science and Technology from time to time.
Professor Butt's Areas of Research
Journal of Nano Education, 28 Sept 2011 [cached]
N. M. Butt, Scientist Emeritus, Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology
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