Professor Dr Syed Salahuddin Hyder
 (1930 – 2006) received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics / Engineering Science from McGill University in 1964, where he initiated a project to set up the Computer Science department. He won a NATO award for advanced research in Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 1966, he joined the newly formed department of Informatique (Computer Science) at the Universite de Montreal. As the first Professor in that discipline, he planned and developed the programme. In 1974, Dr. Hyder was invited by the Université Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie) as a Senior Research Professor and in 1983 he took a position as Professor of Computer Science at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Later, Dr. Hyder worked in Washington D.C. as Research Director on a National Institute of Health project on Computer Modeling of Human Genetics.

Dr Hyder conducted research in Artificial Intelligence (AI), expert systems and mathematical logic. He developed an AI based system for high quality calligraphic printing of AFU languages, the Naskh script for the Arabic language and the Nastalique script for the Farsi-Urdu language.

In 1973, he pioneered the theory and system for printing and communicating in Arabic, Farsi and Urdu (AFU), family of languages. It was supported by the International Development Research Center, in the development of bilingual computer display terminals, tele-printers and typewriters to work simultaneously in AFU languages and English. The Arabic systems theory developed by Dr. Hyder is the basis of the ASMO standard for Teleprinter and Computer Arabization. Technologies developed by Dr. Hyder have been licensed to several product manufacturers such as Siemens AG, AEG-Olympia Werke AG, Alis and Comterm.

In the early Nineteen-Eighties, Dr Hyder was invited by the President of Pakistan to design a communications encryption device for the Pakistan armed forces.

On the occasion of Canada’s 125-year celebrations, he received an award for excellence in Academia and Research from the Canadian Government.

Dr Hyder had over 20 patents to his credit.