On 16 September 1961 through an executive order Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission was establiAbdus Salamd in which Salam served as the first director. Ghulam Murtaza a professor of plasma physics at the Government College University and student of Salam has puts it:
"When Dr. Abdus Salam played an influential and significant role in Pakistan's development in nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Salam made a major contribution in Quantum Field Theory and advancement of Mathematics at Imperial College London. Mohammad Abdus SalamNI SPk KBE (Punjabi Urdu: محمد عبد السلام; Hindustani pronunciation: [əbd̪ʊs səlɑm]; 29 January 1926 – 21 November 1996) was a theoretical physicist who when he shared the 1979 award for his contribution to electroweak unification became the first Pakistani and Muslim to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics. Salam was the founding director of Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and responsible for the establishment of the Theoretical Physics Group (TPG) in Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).