M. A. Wazed Miah

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M A Wazed Miah
Native name এম এ ওয়াজেদ মিয়া
Born (1942-02-16)16 February 1942
Fatehpur, Pirganj, Rangpur District, British Raj (now Bangladesh)
Died 9 May 2009(2009-05-09) (aged 67)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Resting place Pirganj, Rangpur, Bangladesh
Education PhD (Physics)
Alma mater University of Dhaka (1962)
Durham University (1967)
Occupation Nuclear scientist
Spouse(s) Sheikh Hasina (m. 1967; death 2009)
Children Sajeeb Wazed
Saima Wazed
Parent(s) Abdul Quader Miah (father)
Moyzunnessa (mother)
Relatives See Sheikh–Wazed family

M. A. Wazed Miah (6 February 1942 – 9 May 2009) was a Bangladeshi nuclear scientist, the writer of a number of texts in physics and some political history books, a former Chairman of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Early life[edit]

Wazed Miah was born on 16 February 1942 in the village of Fatehpur (Miah Bari) at Pirganj, Rangpur District. His father was Abdul Quader Miah and mother was Moyzunnessa.[1] He was the youngest among three sisters and four brothers. To get the best education, from Class Five he was sent to board at Rangpur Zila School, from where he ultimately passed Matriculation in First Division with Distinction.

After passing the HSC exam, in 1958, he followed in the footsteps of his eldest sister's son, physicist Abdul Qayyum Sarker and took admittance into the Department of Physics, Dhaka University. In 1961 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in physics and in 1962 he finished his Master of Science.[1] He completed the Diploma of Imperial College London Course in 1963–64 from Imperial College London, London.[1] In 1967 he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics from Durham University, England. His thesis was on bootstrap hypothesis in theoretical particle physics, and he worked under Prof. E.J. Squires.

Political career[edit]

From 1961 to 1962 he was the Vice-President of the Chhatra League of the Fazlul Haque Hall Student Union in University of Dhaka. He was arrested for movement against education commission and was imprisoned in 1962. He never played any active official role in the Awami League after his marriage to Sheikh Hasina.

Professional career[edit]

Miah joined in the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission on 1 April 1963.[1] In 1969 Miah got the Associate-ship of Italy-based International Centre for Theoretical Physics of Pakistani Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam. In the same year, he returned home to Pakistan and continued with the Atomic Energy Research Centre.[1] He was engaged in research work at the New Delhi-based laboratory of Atomic Energy Commission of India during 1975–1982, during the period of exile of the remainder of the Mujib family after the bloody coup of 15 August 1975. After his return to Bangladesh, he joined the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, and eventually retired as its chairman in 1999.

Personal life[edit]

Miah married Sheikh Hasina, eldest daughter Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 17 November 1967.[2] They have a son Sajeeb Wazed Joy and a daughter Saima Wazed Putul.[3]

Death[edit]

Miah died on 9 May 2009. He had for long suffered from high blood pressure, heart disease, renal failure, diabetes and asthma. He had a bypass operation a few years earlier and angioplasty in Singapore only a few months before his death. He was buried at a family graveyard in his native village at Pirganj, Rangpur.[4]

Legacy[edit]

A science and technology building is named after him in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.[5] An academic building is build in his memory in Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University.[6]

Publications[edit]

  • Fundamentals Of Thermodynamics by MA Wazed Miah (University Press, Dhaka, 1988)
  • Fundamentals of Electromagnetics by MA Wazed Miah (Tata-McGraw-Hill, 1982)
  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibke Ghire Kichhu Ghatana O Bangladesh (A Bangla Memoirs)
  • Bangladesher Rajniti O Sarkarer Chalchitra (A Bangla Memoirs)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Life sketch of Wazed Miah". archive.thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Scientist Wazed Miah remembered". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Rangpur AL wants Joy to contest from Pirganj-6". archive.thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Wazed Miah Is Dead". independent-bangladesh.com. Bangladesh News. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "CSE Carnival' begins at SUST". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Hasina rejects BNP's formula". archive.thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. Retrieved 10 February 2016.