Top 10 Pakistani Scientists
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui (#10)
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was born March 2, 1972 in Karachi, is an American-educated Pakistani cognitive neuroscientist. She moved to Houston, Texas, on a student visa in 1990 joining her brother. She attended the University of Houston for three semesters, and then transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after being awarded a full scholarship. In 1992, as a sophomore, Siddiqui received a Carroll L. Wilson Award for her research proposal "Islamization in Pakistan and its Effects on Women". As a junior, she received a $1,200 City Days fellowship through MIT's program to help clean up Cambridge elementary school playgrounds. While she initially had a triple major in biology, anthropology, and archeology at MIT, she graduated in 1995 with a B.S. in biology. She remained the president of Institute of Islamic Research and Teaching for many years.
She got his education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University America. She was convicted after a jury trial in a U.S. federal court of assault with intent to murder her U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan. The charges carried a maximum sentence of life in prison. In September 2010, she was sentenced by the U.S. judge to 86 years in prison.