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Dr. Shahid Shaheen.           
Dr. Shahid Shaheen  
            
Recently the Department of Physics lost one of its faculty members, Dr. Shahid Shaheen. Dr. Shaheen passed away from a brain hemorrhage while on a visit to Pakistan to work on his joint venture project of "Pakistan-US Sciences and Technology Cooperative Program." He was a kind, sincere, and compassionate man. He left his wife and three children (two sons and a daughter) behind.

A native of Pakistan, he started studying physics in 1972 in Rawalpindi, then earned a MSc degree at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, and went to Germany to study physics at Ruhr University in Bochum, where he earned his Ph.D.; after some postdoctoral appointments, he came to FSU in 1988.

Dr. Shahid Shaheen was an expert in the synthesis and characterization of a class of materials called perovskites, which became famous as the first high temperature superconductors. This structural class also includes a family of magnetic materials many of which displayed " colossal magnetoresistance," a highly desirable physical property for the development of magnetic sensors in the subfield of spin electronics. In his early years at FSU, he worked on the fabrication of thin film devices based on these compounds. Dr. Shaheen continued to be interested in the general area of magnetism until his untimely death and most recently had been active in research focused on biomedical applications of magnetic materials. In addition to his activities at the FSU's Department of Physics, he was also an active member in his community. He contributed to the development of the local Islamic Center of Tallahassee (ICT), and helped collect funds in order to establish a new mosque for the Tallahassee Muslim community. In addition, he was a firm believer in the importance of education, especially for girls. During his many visits to Pakistan, in addition to working on research projects, he devoted considerable time and effort to improving educational opportunities for females in Pakistan. He developed a school for girls in his home village Jhelum.

During the last few years, Shahid Shaheen and Sadia Manzoor at the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad started a joint Pakistan-US Aid project investigating magnetic materials for hyperthermia treatment of cancer. He died while on sabbatical in Pakistan, working on this joint research project. Dr. Shaheen's selfless acts and compassion touched those around him. We send our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Shaheen during this difficult time.