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18 July 2019

5 Pakistani Inventors who made a difference in the world

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 1- Dr. Ayub Ommaya MD

Dr. Ayub Ommaya developed the centripetal theory of TBI, which allowed for scientific understanding and modeling of the role of forces and their contribution to injury and outcome in the brain.

Dr. Ayub Ommaya first reported the Ommaya reservoir in 1963. The reservoir is subcutaneous implant for repeated intrathecal injections, to treat hydrocephalus and malignant tumors.[15] The reservoir was the first medical port to use silicone which is biologically inert and self-sealing.

The Ommaya reservoir allows delivery of intermittent bolus injections for chemotherapy to the tumor bed. Agents are injected percutaneously into the reservoir and delivered to the tumor by compression of the reservoir. The Ommaya reservoir provided a great improvement for treatment which reduces the risk of infection.

While serving as chief medical advisor to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, he commissioned an Institute of Medicine report, Injury in America, which led to creation of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Ayub Khan Ommaya was born in Pakistan, educated in Pakistan and he died on July 10, 2008, in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The demise of Dr. Ayub Ommaya never became a national news in Pakistani media. However on July 14, 2008, the Washington Post wrote a detail obituary of Ommaya with detail of his work and inventions which later became a primary source of social media discussion in Pakistani youth.

2 - Dr. Naweed Syed

 Picture for 5 Pakistani Inventors who made a difference in the worldNaweed Syed, PhD, is the scientific director of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI).Naveed Syed and colleagues made headlines around the world in 2004 when they were the first to connect brain cells to a silicon chip and show that living cells could communicate directly with an electronic device. The so-called “brain on a chip” discovery is considered a major step towards successfully integrating computers with the human brain to potentially control artificial limbs, correct memory loss or impaired vision, and treat a wide range of neurological conditions. Such an achievement took the combined efforts of biologists, neurologists, engineers and computer scientists from around the world, all working together on a common problem.

His research has been highlighted in the Times Magazine and the Discovery Channel.    

3 - S. Amjad Hussain, MD, FRCSC, FACS


Picture for 5 Pakistani Inventors who made a difference in the world   The inventor of two surgical devices – the pleura-peritoneal shunt and a special endotracheal tube to supply oxygen during fiberoptic broncchoscopy in awake patients.He’s been called a Renaissance Muslim by the Journal of the Islamic Medical Association and recognized as a living legend by the president of his medical school alma mater. Writer, photographer and explorer, this cardiothoracic surgeon has, for over 40 years, taught a legion of medical students and doctors and donated tons of supplies and equipment while on mission and teaching trips to the Dominican Republic, China, Libya, India and his native Pakistan.

4- Dr. Ahmad Khan Jamil

Dr. Ahmad Khan Jamil was born in Takht Bhai, Mardan District, Pakistan on 12 May 1939.

A. K. Jamil, a non-kink catheter mount to be used in anesthesiology. It adds the length to breathing system when required.

A.K. Jamil also designed a device to teach controlled ventilation through which young doctors can practice on artificial ventilation of the lungs.

International Biographical Centre, England listed his name and biography in 'Men of achievement' 14th edition; International Leader in Achievement, 2nd Edition; International Leader in Achievement, 21st Edition.

5- Basit Farooq Alvi  & Amjad Farooq Alvi

 Picture for 5 Pakistani Inventors who made a difference in the world In January 1986, the Brain boot sector virus is released. Brain is considered the first IBM PC compatible virus, and the program responsible for the first IBM PC compatible virus epidemic. The virus is also known as Lahore, Pakistani, Pakistani Brain, and Pakistani flu as it was created in Lahore, Pakistan by 19-year-old Pakistani programmer, Basit Farooq Alvi, and his brother, Amjad Farooq Alvi.

While many of you might thinking the two brothers invented something culprit why should they be in this list. The brothers intention was to protect their intellectual property, they claim was subject to theft.

Their invention of virus challenged the world to initiate advance research and work on computer safety and protection.

When TIME magazine asked the brothers what was their motive to create something that annoyed many thousands people in the world, they said that they had written the code to protect their medical software from piracy. Recently, Amjad Farooq Alvi told ATV that their motive to develop that virus was to tell the world that the computer operating systems are not safe as generally believed to be. 

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