Jamal Nazrul Islam

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Jamal Nazrul Islam
Jamal Nazrul Islam addressing in inaugural ceremony of bookstall Baatighar cropped.jpg
Jamal Nazrul Islam in Chittagong (January 2012)
Born (1939-02-24)24 February 1939
Jhenaidah, East Bengal, British India (now Bangladesh)
Died 16 March 2013(2013-03-16) (aged 74)
Chittagong, Bangladesh
Fields Theoretical physics
Applied Mathematics
Mathematical physics
General relativity
Quantum field theory
Education DSc (Physics)
Alma mater University of Cambridge
University of Calcutta
Notable awards Ekushey Padak (2001)

Jamal Nazrul Islam (24 February 1939 – 16 March 2013) was a Bangladeshi mathematical physicist and cosmologist. He was a professor at University of Chittagong, served as a member of the advisory board at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology and member of the syndicate at Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology until his death .[1] He also served as the director of the Research Center for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (RCMPS) at the University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Early life and education[edit]

Islam was born on 24 February 1939 in Jhenaidah, East Bengal. His father, Khan Bahadur Sirajul Islam, was a sub-judge in British India.Because of his father's job, Islam spent his early school years in Calcutta. He studied at Chittagong Collegiate School and College until class ix and then he went to Lawrence College, Murree in West Pakistan to pass the Senior Cambridge and Higher Senior Cambridge exams. He received a BSc degree from St. Xavier's College at the University of Calcutta. In 1959, he got his Honors in Functional Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University. He completed his Masters in 1960. A student of the Trinity College, he finished the Mathematical Tripos. Islam obtained his PhD in applied mathematics and theoretical physics from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1968, followed by a DSc in 1982.[2][3]

Academic career[edit]

Islam worked in the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy (later amalgamated to Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge) from 1967 until 1971. Later he worked as a researcher in California Institute of Technology and University of Washington. During 1973-1974 he served as the faculty of Applied Mathematics of King's College London. In 1978 he then joined the faculty of City University London until he returned to Chittagong in 1984. Until his death he served as Professor Emeritus at the University of Chittagong.

His research areas include Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Physics, theory of Gravitation, General Relativity, Mathematical Cosmology and Quantum Field Theory. Islam authored/coauthored/edited more than 50 scientific articles, books and some popular articles published in various scientific journals. Besides this he has also written books in Bengali. Particularly noteworthy are Black Hole, published from the Bangla Academy, “The Mother Tongue, Scientific Research and other Articles” and “Art, Literature and Society”. The latter two are compilations.

In the year 1997 he was invited in the International Symposium on Mathematical Physics in memory of S. Chandrasekhar with a special session on Abdus Salam arranged by Calcutta Mathematical Society in Kolkata-India. Professor Narayan Chandra Ghosh, a mathematician of India, was director of noted symposium.



Islam died on 16 March 2013 in Chittagong, Bangladesh.[4][5][6][7]


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  1. ^ "Syndicate of CUET". Cuet.ac.bd. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  2. ^ http://www.eaward.org.bd/eaward_new/PDF/16-84-90-Science.pdf
  3. ^ "Prof. Jamal Nazrul-Islam". Ias-worldwide.org. 1939-02-24. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Jamal Nazrul Islam dies at 74". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Prof Jamal Nazrul Islam passes away". Banglanews24.com. 1939-02-24. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  6. ^ Star Online Report. "Prof Jamal Nazrul Islam passes away". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  7. ^ নিজস্ব প্রতিবেদক, চট্টগ্রাম  বিডিনিউজ টোয়েন্টিফোর ডটকম. "অধ্যাপক জামাল নজরুল ইসলাম আর নেই - bdnews24.com". Bangla.bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  8. ^ "Academy Gold Medal Award". Bas.org.bd. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  9. ^ "786". Astronomy.ohio-state.edu. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  10. ^ http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~nahar/rsphys/rsphyslife-jnislam.pdf

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