Fazlul Halim Chowdhury

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Fazlul Halim Chowdhury

Professor Fazlul Halim Chowdhury (1 August 1930 – 9 April 1996) was a fellow of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences[1] and the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University in Bangladesh. Professor Chowdhury made pioneering contributions to the development of Physical chemistry in Bangladesh, having published over 20 articles. He focused on cellulose fibers (especially jute), polyelectrolytes, and proteins.

Family[edit]

Chowdhury was born on 1 August 1930 to a respectable family of Chauddagram Upazila. His father was Abdul Aziz Chowdhurywas, a graduate from Aligarh Muslim University, and an educationist who served as a teacher at Government High School and later as an school inspector. Professor Chowdhury's mother was Afifa Khatun, a woman committed to the cause of education, and widely known in Chouddagram.

Academic[edit]

  • Ph.D., Manchester University, UK (Thesis entitled " The Acid Behaviour of Carboxylic Derivatives, 5 July 1956) Awarded "Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851" to pursue Ph.D. studies.
  • M.Sc., Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, First in the First Class, 1951
  • B.Sc. (Hons), Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, First in the First Class
  • H.S.C., Comilla Victoria College, 1947.
  • S.S.C, Noakhali R.K. Zilla H.E. School, 1945.

Important positions held[edit]

  • Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka, 1976–1983
  • Senior Advisor in Basic Sciences, UNESCO, New Delhi, 1985–1990
  • Member, University Grants Commission (UGC), 1974–1976
  • President, Bangladesh Chemical Society, 1984–86
  • Fellow of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences [2]
  • Dean, Faculty of Science, Rajshahi University[3]
  • President, The Rajshahi University Teachers Association
  • Provost, Abdul Latif Hall, Rajshahi University

Teaching[edit]

  • Lecturer, 1952–53; Assistant Professor, 1956–58, Department of Chemistry, Dhaka University.
  • Professor, Department of Chemistry and Applied Chemistry, Rajshahi University, 1958–1990

Fellowship[edit]

  • Nuffield Fellow, Cambridge University, U.K. 1960-62
  • Commonwealth Senior Fellow, Cambridge University, U.K. 1973-74.
  • Senior Researcher, American Association for the Advancement of Science Washington D.C.
  • Asia Foundation Fellowship, 1984[4]

Founder chairperson[edit]

  • Department of Applied Chemistry,Rajshahi University[5][6]
  • Asia Pacific University, Dhaka (1995–96)

Area of research[edit]

He made pioneering contributions to the development of Physical chemistry in the country, having published over 20 articles. He focused on cellulose fibers (of jute in particular), polyelectrolytes, and proteins. He also guided a number of Ph.D. theses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of Fellows of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences
  2. ^ List of Fellows of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences
  3. ^ http://www.banglapedia.org/httpdocs/HT/C_0244.HTM
  4. ^ http://www.banglapedia.org/httpdocs/HT/C_0244.HTM
  5. ^ http://www.ru.ac.bd/achem/history.htm
  6. ^ http://www.rubd.net/faculty/faculty-of-science/100-department-of-applied-chemistry-and-chemical-technology.html

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