Highlights of Professor Dr Saeed A Durrani's Social and Literary Activities

Chairman, Iqbal Academy (UK), 1987 to-date

President, Anjuman-e Taraqqi-e Urdu, Birmingham, 1977; 1983; 1999-2001

Vice-President, Iqbal Foundation, Europe, 1990 to-date

Secretary, British Association for Pakistan Studies, 1994 to-date

  • Iqbal Europe mein (Iqbal Europe mein), Iqbal Academy Pakistan, Lahore (1985); revised & enlarged edition, Ferozsons, Lahore (1999); third edition, Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind), New Delhi (2004)
  • Navádir-i Iqbal Europe mein (Iqbal Europe mein), Iqbal Academy Pakistan, Lahore (1995); second edition, Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind), New Delhi (2003)
  • Secrets of the Self (Nicholson's translation of Asrár-i Khudí, with Iqbal's MS amendments), edited and analysed by Dr Saeed A Durrani. Karachi University Press (2001)
  • Ghubár-i Kahkashán (Dr Durrani's collected poetical works), Al-Hamd Publications, Lahore (2002)
  • The New Garden of Mystery, Arberry's translation of Iqbal's mathnavi (Gulshan-i Ráz-i Jadíd ), edited with annotations by Professor Durrani. Karachi University Press (2005)
  • Spoken Urdu (with 2 CDs): Textbook for GCSE stundents of Urdu in the UK, Birmingham City Council (2005)
Education & Career:

Educated at the Government College, Lahore (M Sc Physics, 1953); Universities of Cambridge and Oxford (Ph D, Nuclear Physics, 1959); D Sc, University of Birmingham (1978).

UK Atomic Energy Authority (1959-1962); Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (Director, Atomic Energy Centre, Lahore, 1963-65); Faculty Member, University of Birmingham (1967-1997). Pakistan HEC's Distinguished National Professor (2004-).

Team Leader and Principal Investigator, Lunar Research (NASA (USA) and Russian Space Programme, 1972-78). UNO Advisor to: Pakistan, Algeria, Egypt, Mexico, Hungary (1981-2003); Royal Society London Specialist to China (1980); UNESCO Visiting Professsor, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad (1998-2003), Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PAEC; Islamabad) (2004-2006).

Author of several books in Nuclear Physics and over 300 research papers. Founder (and Life Member) of the International Nuclear Track Society (1985- ).

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of: The Nucleus (Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, 1964-5; 2005); Nuclear Track Detection (Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1977-1993); Urdu (Anjuman-é Taraqqi-é Urdu, Birmingahm, 1977).


Fellow, Institute of Physics, London (1966-); Fellow, Third World Academy of Sciences, Trieste, Italy (1990-); Iqbal Medal (1977); NASA's Certificate of Distinction (1976); Sitára-i-Imtiáz (President of Pakistan:1982); Life Fellow, International Nuclear Track Society (2000-); Life Member, Iqbal Academy Pakistan (2003-).