LAHORE: Founding Director General of Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences, GCU Lahore Professor A. D. R. Chaudhary and Emeritus Professor at the Central Washington University, USA has announced, the Abdus Salam Shield of Honour (ASSH). The first Shield goes to Professor Hassan Azad, a Pakistani national. The award ceremony will take place on March 16 in Lahore.

ASSH was created in April order to guide Pakistan’s Mathematicians on track of quality research, and to encourage the individuals who have dedicated their lives to serious research in the discipline.

This is an initiative of the National Mathematical Society of Pakistan. The evaluation committee, chaired by Professor Cedric Villani (field medalist), has the following members: Professor Juergen Herzog, Professor Stefano Luzzatto, and Professor Ioan Tomescu.

The main research interest of the first recipient of ASSH, Prof. Hassan Azad is Lie groups and algebraic groups and algorithms related to these fields. He also likes to think about topics of undergraduate mathematics. Currently, he is working on real algebraic groups and constructive procedures for computing their invariants, with a view towards their applications in symmetry methods in differential equations.

Professor Cedric Villani wrote in the final report of the committee: "It is our unanimous vote, independently of each other, that Hassan Azad is the most deserving candidate. He did not sacrifice the quality for the quantity, and published in excellent international journals. This is exactly the kind of example that we wish to promote."