Meet Naweed Syed, one of the first scientists to successfully connect brain cells to a silicon chip. He will be receiving the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz today in a ceremony that will be broadcast live throughout the nation. Funnily enough, his scientific achievements and his face were being used by companies throughout Pakistan to sell their products on billboards without his permission, and this is something that completely caught him by surprise. He decided to do something about it.
On the prospect of receiving the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz he called it “one of the greatest honors of his life”
Syed Naweed is a professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary in Canada. He said that friends in Pakistan were sending him pictures of his face on billboards that made it seem like he was endorsing products like milk, phones and even insurance.
One friend said that he was “hotter than our hottest model”
Would you like some tea? Scientifically certified (may or may not contain actual silicon chips)
Professor Naweed started to contact these companies and convinced them to educationally sponsor 100 children each across Pakistan who have been impacted by terrorism instead of paying him the money for using his face in advertisements. But he didn’t stop there, he is now talking to dozens of companies to support around 2500 students right through to Grade 12. Many of these children have lost parents to terrorist attacks and cannot afford the education.
We’ll put them back in school
Professor Naweed had the idea of supporting students when he was on a trip recently to Pakistan where a child asked him whether he could plant a chip in the minds of terrorists to fix their brains. Naweed reached the conclusion that the only way of combating terrorism was through the promotion of education in Pakistan.
On receiving one of the highest decorations a Pakistani civilian can get:
It will be a very proud moment for me. It will be really fantastic.
Professor Naweed has made Pakistan and Pakistanis all over the world proud by his acts of genius, kindness, and generosity and he is an inspiration to us all. Don’t forget to watch him getting the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz today on Pakistan Television. May he continue to prosper and be a shining beacon of light for Pakistanis everywhere.