Muhammad Hamza Waseem
Muhammad Hamza Waseem is pursuing a DPhil in Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Oxford. His studies are funded by a Rhodes Scholarship. Muhammad is associated with the Global Centre for Advanced Studies as a Research Fellow.
His research revolves around quantum magnonics and hybrid quantum systems. During his undergraduate studies in electrical engineering at UET Lahore, Hamza developed pedagogical optics experiments at PhysLab, LUMS, and contributed to research on optical metasurfaces at ITU Lahore. His senior year project helped develop the first lab for single photon quantum physics in Pakistan. He also co-authored a book ‘Quantum Mechanics in the Single Photon Laboratory‘ published by the Institute of Physics (IOP), UK.
Hamza is keen on science outreach and public engagement and helps the Khwarizmi Science Society organize the Lahore Science Mela, the biggest annual science festival in Pakistan. He co-founded Spectra—an online magazine aimed at training popular science writers in Pakistan. For his work in science popularisation, Hamza has been awarded the 2021 Diana Award and was highly commended at the 2021 SEPnet Public Engagement Awards.
Hamzaʼs academic interests span magnetism, optics and science education, but he also enjoys studying mathematics and philosophy. These days, he is exploring the history, philosophy and foundations of quantum physics.