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Known For: Doctorate in astrophysics
Dates: c. 1982 - Present
In July 2012, Mariam Sultana became the first Pakistani woman to earn a doctorate in astrophysics. She is a lecturer at the mathematical sciences department of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST).
She began her coursework and research in 2006 was supervised by Dr. Salakhutdin Nuritdinov, a professor at the National University of Uzbekistan. He is a pioneer in the field of extragalactic astrophysics and allowed Mariam Sultana to further the mathematical models he had developed. Her thesis investigated the instabilities and physical conditions which gave galaxies their ring shape. In 2008, her research paper was published in a Russian journal called Astrofizika (Astrophysics) and was later printed in another journal, Astrophysics.
Two prominent professors agreed to become examiners for her thesis. The two professors were James Binney, a physics professor at the University of Oxford and the other Dr. Ana Katrin Schenk, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California.
She plans to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in the UK. For now she wants to supervise the PhDs which were left incomplete because of Dr Nuritdinov’s departure from Pakistan. Currently, she is supervising the doctoral students at FUUAST’s mathematical sciences department.
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