In a small laboratory in the city of Kahuta, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan changed the course of history. He is known as the Father of Pakistan’s Nuclear Program and is responsible for making Pakistan a nuclear power. This title alone makes him one of the most important figures in Pakistani history.
Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan was born in 1936 in Bhopal, India. His family moved to Pakistan after the partition of India in 1947. He received his early education in Karachi and then studied metallurgy at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During his time at Delft University, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan began working on nuclear enrichment technology. In 1974, he returned to Pakistan and started working on Pakistan’s nuclear program.
Pakistan Before Dr. Khan
Before Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan did not have a nuclear weapons program. However, with Dr. Khan’s help, Pakistan became a nuclear power in 1998. Dr. Khan was a metallurgist who worked on uranium enrichment in the Netherlands. In 1976, he founded the Kahuta Research Laboratories (KRL), responsible for Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program.
Dr. Khan was very successful in developing Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program. He developed an advanced uranium enrichment process called gas centrifuge technology. This technology is used to enrich uranium to a level necessary for producing nuclear weapons.