Shaharir Mohamad Zain

Shaharir Mohamad Zain (born 23 January 1948) is a Malaysian mathematician specializing in physics, widely recognized by his peers as an authority in Malay cosmology. He is equally competent in mathematics, physics, philosophy and history. He is the pioneer in ethnoscience of which he claimed that different ethnicities have a unique way in intrepreting the world, including the science they produced. His aim is to build a knowledge system according to the view of Malayonesian people. He is the author of forty-three authoritative works on various aspects of Malay thought and civilization, as well as mathematics.
Early life and education
Shaharir was born in Pasir Puteh, Kelantan, Malaysia to Mohamad Zain and (?). He went to primary school (1953-1958) and secondary school (1959-1961) at Kelantan, Malaysia. He then entered upper secondary school at Sekolah Menengah Alam Shah (1963-1966) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His undergraduate and postgraduate studies took place at La Trobe University, Australia (1967-1974). He was awarded a doctorate in 1975 for a thesis entitled The Formulation of Quantum Action Principle via Gateaux Variation.
In 1974, he returned to Malaysia and became a lecturer in Mathematics Department, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor and serve there from 1974 to 2006. He spent his academic year twice; first in University of Warwick, England (1979-1980) and lastly in University of California, USA (1985-1986). From June 1988 to March 1994, he serve as Deputy Vice Chancellor for National University of Malaysia.
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