Prof. Ishfaq Ahmad was born in Gurdaspur (India) on 3rd November 1930. He was Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, 1991-2001. Prof. Ahmad was awarded his MSc (Physics) from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, in 1951, and in 1958 was awarded a DSc (Physics), from the University of Montreal, Canada. He was a Senior Member, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), 1988-1991, after serving for thirteen years as Member (Technical) of the same Commission.
Prof. Ishfaq Ahmad was the Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan (2001-2007) with the status of Federal Minister. He joined the Planning Commission with the status of a Minister of State, 2007-2009; Advisor on Development and Global Climate Change in the Planning Commission with the status of a Minister of State, 2009-2012; Chairman Board of Governors (BoG), National Centre for Physics (NCP), since its start. Prof. Ishfaq also started the only centre of the Science of Climate Change in Pakistan and also the Earthquake Studies Centre (ESC) for forecasting earthquakes.
Prof. Ishfaq Ahmad served as Director, Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH), Islamabad, Pakistan, 1971-1976; Director, Atomic Energy Center (AEC), Lahore, 1969-1971; Secretary, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), 1967-1969;Senior Scientific Officer, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), 1960-1966; and Lecturer, Government College, Lahore, 1952-1960. He was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Sorbonne, Paris (France), in 1969; and at the Niels Bohr Institute of Theoretical Physics, Copenhagen (1961-1962).
Prior to that, in (1963-1964), Prof. Ahmad was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at both the University of Montreal, and the University of Ottawa, Canada. Prof. Ishfaq was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Punjab University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (2000). In the same year, he was elected a Fellow of the International Nuclear Energy Academy. He is the recipient of the three highest official awards in Pakistan namely Sitara-I-Imtiaz, the Hilal-I-Imtiaz and the Nishan-I-Imitiaz, the last of which was awarded to him in 1998.
Prof. Ishfaq was also instrumental in the creation of Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA). He has over 40 major publications to his credit including a series of PUGWASH Conference proceedings. He also developed Pakistan’s Scientific Cooperation with the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) and also with the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ASICTP).
The main research interest of Prof. Ishfaq Ahmad was in Particle Detectors, Nuclear and High Energy Physics, as well as Nuclear Technology. He became a Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences in 1983, and was elected a Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) in 2000.