FEMME'S & Women's HISTORY MONTH: Tasneem Zehra Husain
Tasneem Zehra Husain is a Pakistani string theorist, author, and educator.
At the age of twenty-six, Tasneem Zehra Husain completed her PhD in theoretical physics at Stockholm University, becoming the first Pakistani woman String Theorist. She went on to complete her post-doctoral research at Harvard University. While doing her post-doctoral research she helped establish the Lahore University of Management Sciences School of Science and Engineering in her hometown of Lahore, Pakistan. This effort would set the theme for her career as both an active researcher and an advocate of education.
Husain studies scientific theories, the way we engage with them and how they change us. Her first popular science novel, Only The Longest Threads [Paul Dry Books, 2014] reimagines pivotal moments in history when critical advances in physics redefined our understanding not only of the universe, but also our place in it.
As an advocate of education, she works to inspire interest in STEM fields among high school students. These efforts include making information about basic theoretical physics accessible and training schools to do so. Tasneem has been conducting teacher training workshops for over a decade. She has worked with schools both in the Government and private sectors and with teachers whose students are anywhere between four to eighteen years old. Husain also enjoys writing articles for the award-winning blog www.3quarksdaily.com. Husain’s articles explain complex elements of theoretical physics in a straightforward and accessible manner.