Prof. Asghar was born on 7 June 1936 in
Pakistan. He is married with one child.
He obtained a BSc (1956) and LLB (1960) from the University of Punjab, and a
DPhil from Oxford University (1964) (the title of his Doctorate thesis was
“Investigation of Nuclear Energy Levels using Photo Neutrons”).
After spending about three years at PINSTECH, Pakistan, Harwell, UK, and
Saclay, France, he joined the University of Bordeaux, France as an Associate
Professor (1968-1971). He worked as a Physicist at the Institute
Laue-Langevin (ILL), Grenoble, France (1971-1978), at CCR Euratom, Ispra,
Italy (1978-1980), and at CEN, Grenoble, France (1980-1981), and as
Professor of Physics at the Houari Boumedeinne University in Algiers,
Algeria (1981-1994). He has been at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences at
Grenoble, France, since 1994.
Prof. Asghar’s achievements include the planning and installation of
experimental set-ups consisting of spectrometers and beam experiments at ILL
and the establishment of research programme at the CEA Algiers, Algeria. He
is known internationally for his work in the field of nuclear fission and
for many years he was involved with and coordinated major research projects
on nuclear fission, charged particle spectroscopy and fundamental physics
with neutrons at the high-flux nuclear reactor in Grenoble with the
participation of several international groups.
As well as supervising the thesis work of about 20 PhD students at the
Universities of Bordeaux, Grenoble and Algiers, he has authored more than
184 research papers. His current fields of scientific interest include low
energy nuclear physics, new and safer ways of producing nuclear energy and
treating nuclear waste from power reactors, and the development of new
detection systems for nuclear data.
He finds time to read and compose poetry in English, French and Persian.
Prof. Asghar was elected a Fellow of the IAS in 1998.