Prof. Qaim was elected a Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences in 1994. He is married with one son. He is a German National of Pakistani origin.

Dr Qaim obtained his BSc from Govt. College/Punjab University in Lahore (1958), MSc from the same university (1961), PhD from Liverpool University (1964), DSc from Birmingham University (1977) and a “Habilitation” degree from Cologne University (1993).

Dr Qaim migrated to Germany in 1968 and worked for the first two years as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Mainz University. From 1970 onwards he worked at the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry of the Research Centre Jülich, successively holding the following positions: Scientist (1970-1975), Group Leader (1975-1985), Division Leader (1985-1996) and Vice-Director (1996-2006). After retirement he is working as a Guest/Advisor at the same institute.

Dr Qaim was also selected as “Privatdozent” of Nuclear Chemistry at Cologne  University in 1993, and awarded professorship in 1997. He was also made Honorary Professor of Physics at  Govt. College University, Lahore, Pakistan in 2003. He has been also delivering special lectures  at several other universities. Furthermore, he carried high international responsibilities, among them: Chair of the IAEA-Nuclear Data Committee (Vienna) for 6 years, Vice-Chair of the OECD-NEA-Nuclear Science Committee (Paris) for 5 years, Director of 3 autumn colleges on Nuclear Data at the Abdus Salam ICTP (Trieste) and Member of the Advisory Councils of the Neutron Centre (Budapest) and the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology of Peking University (Beijing) for several years. He has also been Editor-in-Chief of the international journal “Radiochimica Acta” since 1996 to date.

Prof. Qaim has over 400 research and review articles to his credit as well as several reports and 4 books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London (1974) as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, London (1974). He was elected a Foreign Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1990) and a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (2001).

Prof. Qaim has had close scientific contacts with several institutions in Pakistan. In addition, he rendered valuable scientific services to Bangladesh, Egypt, Hungary and South Africa for which he received Medals of Honour, University Honorary Citizenship and Honorary Fellowship of several learned societies.

Moreover, Dr Qaim is the recipient of the Roland Eotvos Medal of the Hungarian Physical Society (1988), the Pergamon Press JARI Award (1990), the Hevesy Medal of Nuclear Chemistry (2008) and the Becquerel Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry in London (2008). He was also awarded Honorary Doctorate by two universities.

Prof. Qaim received the high civil award of “Sitara-i-Imtiaz” which was conferred on him by the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (1999).

Prof. Qaim was recently elected an Executive Committee Member of the World Council on Isotopes which is a high level body on Radioisotopes.

Areas of Research:

  1. Nuclear Reactions/ Nuclear Data;
    2. Medical Radioisotopes; and
    3. Radiochemical Methods.

Most Important Published Papers

  1. S.M. Qaim.
    Mössbauer effect of Fe-57 in various hosts: Isomer shifts of the 14.4 keV gamma line of Fe-57 in different metallic lattices.
    Proc. Phys. Soc. 90, 1065-1075 (1967).
  2. S.M. Qaim and G. Stöcklin.
    Investigation of (n,t) reactions at 14.6 MeV and an analysis of some systematic trends in the cross-section data.
    Nucl. Phys. A257, 233-241 (1976).
  3. F. Szelecsenyi, G. Blessing and S.M. Qaim.
    Excitation functions of proton induced nuclear reactions on enriched Ni-61 and Ni-62: possibility of production of no-carrier-added Cu-61 and Cu-64 at a small cyclotron.
    Appl. Radiat. Isotopes 44, 575-580 (1993).
  4. S. Sudár and S.M. Qaim.
    Isomeric cross-section ratio for the formation of Co-58m,g in neutron, proton, deuteron and  alpha- particle induced reactions in the energy region up to 25 MeV.
    Phys. Rev. C53, 2885-2892 (1996)
  5. S.M. Qaim
    Development of novel positron emitters for medical applications: nuclear and radiochemical aspects.
    Radiochimica Acta 99, 611-625 (2011).
  6. S.M. Qaim
    Nuclear data for production and medical application of radionuclides: Present status and future needs
    Nucl. Med. Biology 44, 31 – 49 (2017).

Contact Address:

Institut für Neurowissenschaften und Medizin
INM-5: Nuklearchemie
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
D-52425 Jülich, Germany.