Pakistani women are setting examples everyday against the common belief that they are just good in cooking and are not given any freedom or human rights.
Here we are going to talk about another Pakistani Women “Nergis Mavalvala” a quantum astrophysicist who proved this wrong and showed the world how powerful Pakistani women are, just like all the other women all over the world.
She is going to receive the “Great Immigrants Award” on the fourth of July by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which is a philanthropic foundation. This award will be given to 38 immigrants and she is one among them.
This Award is given to the Immigrants to recognise their efforts to make America strong since 2006. They also help those who are in need and in spreading awareness about the process of naturalizations. Immigrants from almost 30 different countries are being honored.
President of Carnegie Corporation of New York shared that, “Our annual tribute to Great Immigrants demonstrates the richness of talent, skills, and achievements that immigrants from around the world bring to every sphere of the American society.”
He added, “This campaign reminds us of the debt the United States owes to generations of immigrants who become citizens and contribute to the progress of this country. Today, we celebrate and thank them.”
Nergis Mavalvala was born in Lahore but she got her primary schooling in Karachi from Convent Jesus and Mary School. She later went to receive her higher education from the United States. She completed her PhD in 1997 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her main achievement is working on the gravitational waves (a theory given by Albert Einstein) with other scientists. She joined MIT in 2002 and recently started working as the Associate Department Head of Physics there.
She was also honored with the MacArthur Foundation Award in 2010.
Mavalvala was praised by her professors as well, Robert Berg who is a professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts from where she did her Graduation said, “Even when Nergis was a freshman, she struck me as fearless, with a refreshing can-do attitude.” Mavalvala helped Berg from the start and they also published an article together.
After Berg shifted to Chicago Mavalvala started working with Weiss who took her after knowing about her practical skills, she admits that she is blessed with good mentors.
Her parents encouraged and brought her up without the stereotypical gender believes.