Jamal Nazrul Islam

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Jamal Nazrul Islam
Jamal Nazrul Islam addressing in inaugural ceremony of bookstall Baatighar cropped.jpg
Islam in Chittagong (January 2012)
Native name
জামাল নজরুল ইসলাম
Born(1939-02-24)24 February 1939
Died16 March 2013(2013-03-16) (aged 74)
Resting placeGaribullah Shah Mazar Graveyard
EducationDSc (Physics)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
University of Calcutta
AwardsEkushey Padak (2001)
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical physics
Applied Mathematics
Mathematical physics
General relativity
Quantum field theory

Jamal Nazrul Islam (24 February 1939 – 16 March 2013) was a Bangladeshi mathematical physicist and cosmologist.[1] 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 .[2] He also served as the director of the Research Center for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (RCMPS) at the University of Chittagong, Chattogram, Bangladesh. He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2000 by the Government of Bangladesh. [3]

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. As 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.[4]

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. In 2006, he was made Professor Emeritus at the University of Chittagong.[5]

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 by the Bangla Academy, "The Mother Tongue, Scientific Research and other Articles" and "Art, Literature and Society". The latter two are compilations.

In 1997, Islam was invited to 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 the noted symposium.



Islam died on 16 March 2013 in Chittagong, Bangladesh.[6][7][8][9]


Selected publications[edit]

Books authored/coauthored/edited[edit]

  • Islam, J.N. (1983): The Ultimate Fate of the Universe. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England. ISBN 978-0-521-11312-0. (Digital print version published in 2009).
  • Bonnor, W.B., Islam, J.N., MacCallum, M.A.H. (eds.)(1983): Classical General Relativity: Proceedings of the Conference on Classical (Non-Quantum) General Relativity, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England. ISBN 0-521-26747-1.
  • Islam, J.N. (1985): Rotating Fields in General Relativity, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England. ISBN 978-0-521-11311-3. (Digital print version published in 2009).
  • Islam, J.N. (1992, 2nd edition 2001): An Introduction to Mathematical Cosmology, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England. ISBN 0-521-49973-9.

Scholarly articles[edit]


  1. ^ মামুনুর রশিদ, গণিত বিভাগ, চবি. "বাঙালির রত্ন বিজ্ঞানী জামাল নজরুল ইসলাম". shaptahik.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Syndicate of CUET". Chittagong University of Science and Technology. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  3. ^ "একুশে পদকপ্রাপ্ত সুধীবৃন্দ" [Ekushey Padak winners list] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Prof. Jamal Nazrul-Islam". Ias-worldwide.org. 24 February 1939. Archived from the original on 30 April 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  5. ^ a b Islam, K. (20 October 2008). "A unique achievement". The Daily Star. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Jamal Nazrul Islam dies at 74". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Prof Jamal Nazrul Islam passes away". Banglanews24.com. 24 February 1939. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  8. ^ Star Online Report (16 March 2013). "Prof Jamal Nazrul Islam passes away". The Daily Star. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  9. ^ নিজস্ব প্রতিবেদক, চট্টগ্রাম  বিডিনিউজ টোয়েন্টিফোর ডটকম. "অধ্যাপক জামাল নজরুল ইসলাম আর নেই - bdnews24.com". Bangla.bdnews24.com. Retrieved 17 March 2013.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "Academy Gold Medal Award". Bas.org.bd. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  11. ^ "786". Astronomy.ohio-state.edu. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Razzak-Shamsun Lifetime Achieveent Award in Physics 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 4 September 2017.

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