|Abdullah Al Muti|
January 1, 1930|
Fulbari, Sirajganj, Bengal (present-day Bangladesh)
|Died||November 30, 1998(aged 68)|
|Alma mater||Dhaka University
University of Chicago
|Awards||Bangla Academy Literary Award
Abdullah Al Muti Sharfuddin (Bengali: আব্দুল্লাহ আল মুতী Abdullah Al Muti Sharfuddin, January 1, 1930 – November 30, 1998), mostly known as "Abdullah Al Muti" was a Bangladeshi educationist and popular science writer. He wrote tough scientific ideas in an easy fashion suitable for children and teenagers. This writing style brought him fame as a pioneer of science writing in Bengali. He is the second Bangladeshi writer who has won UNESCO Kalingo prize.
Born in a village in Sirajgonj district, Muti was the eldest among five sons and six daughters of Sheikh Moin Shorfuddin and Halima Shrfuddin. In 1945, attending matriculation (presently SSC) from Muslim High School, Dhaka he placed second in Kolkata board. Two years later he passes IA exam (presently HSC) and got admitted in Dhaka University. He completed his B.Sc and M.Sc. in Physics standing first class first in 1952 and 1953 respectively. Then he got a scholarship from US government and went to University of Chicago, Illinois. There he accomplished MA(education) and PhD(education) in 1960 and 1962 respectively.
Abdullah-Al-Muti started his career as a lecturer in Physics at the Rajshahi Government College in 1954. He became Professor in the same college in 1955. He held the post Director, Education Extension Center, Dhaka from 1965 to 1973. He also assumed office as Education and Culture Councilor at different foreign embassies of Bangladesh, Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary and Secretary at Education and Science Ministry at different times. After his retirement in 1986, he was the chief adviser of Secondary Scientific Education Program financed by ADB and UNDP. Besides he also presented several science related popular programs in radio and television.
Muti started writing on science since his school days. At that time he contributed articles to the Dainik Azad ('Mukuler Mahfil') and Monthly Mohammadi. He was also associated with editing tabloid magazines named 'Mukul' and 'Mukul Fouz'. Besides, he also wrote about prospects of education in the Monthly 'Hullor' and 'Dilruba.
The prominent writer authored 27 books on science and education. He also translated 10 books from English into Bengali. He was the Executive Editor of Unesco Batayan, a quarterly Bengali edition of Unesco Courier from 1982 to until his death.
Some notable books of Abdullah-Al-Muti are:
- Eso Bigganer Rajje (1955)
- Obak Prithibi (1955)
- Rohosser Shesh Nei (1969)
- Jana-Ojanar Deshe (1976)
- Sagorer Rohosshopuri (1976)
- Biggan O Manush (1975)
- E Juger Biggan (1981)
- Telivisioner Kotha (1988)
- Swadhinota, Shikhya O Onnano Prosongo
- Abiskarer Neshay (1969)
- Bangla Academy Literary Award
- Ekushey Padak
- Independence Day Award
- Kalinga Award of UNESCO (1969)
- Shishu Academy Award
- Qudrat-i-Khuda Gold Medal