Mohammad Razuiddin Siddiqi received PhD (1931) from University of Leipzig, Germany and DSc (hc) from Osmania University, Hyderabad. He served as Professor, Director of Research, and Vice-Chancellor of four universities in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, viz. Osmania, Peshawar, Sind and Quaidi-Azam; Chief of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan; Head, Ministerial Division for Higher Education and Scientific & Technological Research, Government of Pakistan; Visiting Professor, Columbia University, USA (1959-60); and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Midwest Universities Consortium, USA (1973-74).
Academic and Research Achievements: Working in the area: mathematical analysis, Siddiqi obtained far-reaching and comprehensive results in the theory as well as boundary value problems of generalized non-linear partial differential equations of parabolic, elliptic and hyperbolic types, and in demonstrating the existence and uniqueness of the solutions. He obtained solutions of systems of non-linear integrated equations and integro-differential equations. He authored many books including: (i) Boundary Value Problems on Non-Linear Partial Differential Equations (University of Lucknow, 1938), and (ii) Lectures on Quantum Mechanics (Osmania University, 1940).
Other Contributions: Since 1950, Siddiqi served on governing boards/committees and councils of almost all universities, senates and academic councils and also as adviser or consultant to scientific organizations in Pakistan. He was Special Consultant for Science, UNESCO, Paris (1963) and Member, International Mathematical Union.
Awards and Honours: Professor Siddiqi was conferred Star of the Order of Distinction by President of Pakistan (1960); Ground Cross of the Order Merit by President of Germany (1962); and Crescent of the Order of Distinction by President of Pakistan (1980). He was President of the Pakistan Association of Scientists; Chairman, Commonwealth Universities Association (1957), and Inter-University Board of Pakistan (1957, 1962, 1970); General President, International Congress of Mathematical Sciences (1975); President, Indian Mathematical Society; Foundation Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (Vice-President), National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (Secretary General and President) and Islamic Academy of Sciences; and General President, Pakistan Association for the Advancement of Science (1951).