Dr. Butt is from amongst the very few in Pakistan who attained DSc the highest degree of Science. He also has the distinction of being the first Pakistani to obtain this degree.
Dr. Butt was born at Sialkot on 3rd June, 1936. He did MSC in Physics with distinction from Government College, Lahore. He got associated with Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH) and in due course of time proceeded to England for higher studies. He joined Department of Nuclear Physics, Birmingham University, where he earned the degree of D.Sc. Thereafter, Dr. Butt re-joined PINSTECH and worked on important posts such as Chief Scientist and retired as Director General in 1998. He was made Scientist of Emeritus in this Institute to which he is still attached.
He is fellow of Royal Society of Physics, London and Fellow of Islamic Academy of Sciences. Dr. Butt has published far numbering research articles in national and international research journals and has trained a fairly large number of young scientists. He was conferred with Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan.