Pakistani Female Scientist Appointed Dean of MIT School of Science

Nergis Mavalvala, a Pakistani quantum astrophysicist, has been appointed as the Dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Science.

According to MIT News, Nergis will assume the charge of Dean from 1 September. She will succeed Michael Sipser who has been transferred to faculty as Donner Professor of Mathematics after 6 years in office.


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Nergis is famous for her work in detecting gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago.

She received her early education from Convent of Jesus and Mary school in Karachi before moving to the US as a teenager.

Nergis completed her BA in Physics and Astronomy in 1990 from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and Ph.D. in Physics in 1997 from MIT.


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She had also worked as a postdoctoral associate and a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH).

In 2010, Nergis was conferred with the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Award for her contribution to quantum Astrophysics and Astronomy.

  • She is not a Pakistani but a Parsi Pakistani. The Pakistani identity is Religious based and if she is not a Muslim then she is a minority with full rights but not a pure Pakistani. Also America is promoting Qadianis and Parsis from Pakistan as it is a part of fifth generation warfare.

  • Now this is an ACHIEVEMENT! YOU GO GIRL!

    Had she been in Pakistan, her sexual orientation would have come in the way – I wonder how many genius minds of Pakistan could not receive recognition because of Pakistan’s backwardness.

  • Ms. Nergis Mavalvala as Pakistani I feel honored you acknowledged to Pakistan the country you were born, with your family/parents.
    Please do visit Pakistan as there are tremendous openings/opportunities to serve the country in todays Government. Best wishes, Long Live Pakistan

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