This is a list of Nobel laureates who are either Pakistani or were born in undivided British India (now Pakistan) but are not Pakistani by nationality.


Pakistani citizens

As of 2018, the list of list of Pakistani Nobel laureates consists of following people.[1]

Year Portrait Laureate Subject Rationale
Abdus Salam Physics Awarded jointly to Sheldon Lee Glashow, Abdus Salam and Steven Weinberg – "for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, including, inter alia, the prediction of the weak neutral current"[2][3]
Malala Yousafzai Peace Awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai – "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."[4]

Non-Pakistani laureates born in the Pakistani area of then-British India

The laureates below were born in undivided British India (now Pakistan) but are not Pakistani by nationality.

Year Laureate Country Subject Rationale
Har Gobind Khorana
(born in Raipur, British India)
 United States Physiology or Medicine Awarded along with Robert W. Holley and Marshall W. Nirenberg – "for their interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis."[5]
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
(born in Lahore, British India)
 United States Physics "For his theoretical studies of the physical processes of importance to the structure and evolution of the stars."[6]


  1. ^ "By winning the Nobel prize, Malala joins Pakistan's loneliest club". Washington Post.
  2. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1979". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
  3. ^ Arun Agarwal (2008). Nobel Prize Winners in Physics. APH Publishing. pp. 234–. ISBN 978-81-7648-743-6. Pakistani physicist Abdus Salam won the 1979 Nobel Prize in physics. He won the award for his work in developing a unification hypothesis concerning electromagnetic and weak interactions between atomic particles.
  4. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize 2014". Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  5. ^ "H. Gobind Khorana". Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Subramanyan Chandrasekhar". Retrieved 4 May 2015.