Born in Gaurdaspur (India) on 3rd November 1930. He has been Chairman, 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.
Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad has been an Advisor to the Prime Minister (2001-2007) with the status of Federal Minister. He joined Planning Commission with the status of Minister of State 2007-2009, Advisor on Development and Global Climate Change in the Planning Commission with the status of Minister of State 2009-2012. Chairman Board of Governors (BoG), National Centre for Physics (NCP) since its start and has this position for life as ordered by President of Pakistan. Dr. Ishfaq also started the only centre of Science of Climate Change in Pakistan given the name as Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) and also the Earthquake Studies Centre (ESC) for forecasting Earthquakes.
Dr 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), Dr Ahmad was also 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.
Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad was a member of many boards of governors of various official agencies in Pakistan including the Pakistan Council of Science and Technology as well as the Executive Committee of the National Commission for Science and Technology. He was a member of Syndicates of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Government College University (GCU), Lahore and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) at Topi. He has also served on the Board of Governors (BoG) of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF); Member, Governing Council of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), (1927-2012); Chairman/Member IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Technical Assistance and Cooperation (SAGTAC), 1995-2011.
Dr Ishfaq Ahmad has played a significant role in the following domains in Pakistan: Scientific Manpower Training; Establishment of R&D Facilities; Indigenous Production of Nuclear Materials; Indignation of Nuclear Reactor Technology; Nuclear Power; Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology; Classified Applications of Nuclear Technology: in the strategic areas. Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad supervised research and completed development of nuclear fuel cycle including the production of plutonium. Development of the sites for Pakistan’s nuclear tests in Baluchistan conducted on May 28th and May 30th 1998. He supervised the production of UF6 gas for use in uranium enrichment plant.
Prof. Ishfaq was also instrumental for 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 European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) and also with the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ASICTP).
The main research interests of Prof. Ishfaq Ahmad are in Particle detectors, Nuclear and High Energy Physics as well as Nuclear Technology. He become 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.