Muhammed Zafar Iqbal

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Muhammed Zafar Iqbal
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Iqbal at Ekushey Book Fair, Dhaka in February 2015
Native name মুহম্মদ জাফর ইকবাল
Born (1952-12-23) 23 December 1952 (age 64)
Sylhet, East Bengal, Pakistan
(now in Bangladesh)
Nationality Bangladeshi
Education PhD in Physics from University of Washington
Alma mater
Occupation Physicist, writer, columnist
Spouse(s) Yasmeen Haque (1978–present)
Children
  • Nabil Iqbal
  • Yeshim Iqbal
Parent(s)
Relatives
Awards Bangla Academy Award (2004)
Signature
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal Signature.svg

Muhammed Zafar Iqbal ([muɦɔmmɔd̪ dʒafɔr ikbal] born 23 December 1952) is a Bangladeshi author, physicist, professor and activist. He is a professor of computer science and engineering at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.

Early years[edit]

Background[edit]

Iqbal was born on 23 December 1952 in Sylhet.[2][3] His father, Faizur Rahman Ahmed was a police officer who was martyred in the Liberation War of Bangladesh.[4] His mother was Ayesha Akhter Khatun.[4] He spent his childhood in different parts of Bangladesh because of the transferring nature of his father's job. Iqbal's elder brother was the legendary author and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed.[5] His younger brother, Ahsan Habib, is the editor of the satirical magazine, Unmad (Mad) and a cartoonist.[6] Iqbal and his siblings were encouraged to write by his father in their early lives.[2]

Iqbal passed SSC exam from Bogra Zilla School in 1968 and HSC exam from Dhaka College in 1970.[7] He earned his BSc in Physics from Dhaka University in 1976. Iqbal went to University of Washington to obtain his PhD the same year and earned the degree in 1982.[2]

He married Yasmeen Haque in 1978.[8] She is currently the Dean of the Life Science Department and Head of the department of Physics at SUST.[9] They have two children – son Nabil and daughter Yeshim.

Career[edit]

Academic[edit]

Iqbal at Borno Mela, Dhaka (February 2013)

After obtaining his PhD degree, Iqbal worked as a post-doctoral researcher at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from 1983 to 1988. He then joined Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), a separate corporation from the Bell Labs (now Telcordia Technologies), as a research scientist.[4] He left the institute in 1994.

Upon returning to Bangladesh he joined the faculty of the CSE department at SUST.[2] Later he became the head of the EEE department.[4] On 26 November 2013, Iqbal and his wife Professor Yasmeen Haque applied for resignation soon after the university authority had postponed the combined admission test for the SUST and Jessore Science & Technology University.[10] However they withdrew their resignation letters on the next day after the authority decided to go on with holding combined admission tests.[11]

He also serves as Vice President of Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad committee.[4] Iqbal played a leading role in founding Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad and popularized mathematics among Bangladeshi youths at local and international level. In 2011 he won Rotary SEED Award for his contribution in the field of education.[12]

Literary[edit]

Iqbal started writing stories from a very early age. He wrote his first short story at the age of seven.[2] While studying in Dhaka University Iqbal's story "Copotronik Bhalobasha" (Copotronik Love) was published in a local weekly magazine, Bichitra. Later he rewrote the story and published as collection of stories titled Copotronik Sukh Dukho.[2]

Political stance[edit]

Iqbal is known for his stance against Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh and has spearheaded criticism of its leaders, several of whom are undergoing trial at the International Crimes Tribunal for their role in Bangladesh liberation war 1971.[13][14] Zafar Iqbal's father was allegedly killed by Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi.[15] He came down heavily on a section of the media for their stand against holding the 10th parliamentary elections in Bangladesh on 5 January 2013, amid a boycott by the main opposition party, alleging that those who were calling for halting the electoral process were actually trying to ensure the participation of Jamaat-e-Islami in the election.[16]

In support of the war crimes trials carried out at the premises of the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh, he participated and featured prominently at the 2013 Shahbag protests.[17]

Bibliography[18][edit]

Science Fiction
Name Transliteration First Published Publisher
1 Kopotronic Shukh Dukkho (Bengali: কপোট্রনিক সুখ-দুঃখ) Copotronic Joy and Sorrows 1976 Gyankosh
2 Mohakashe Môhatrash (Bengali: মহাকাশে মহাত্রাস) Peril in Space 1977 Gyankosh
3 Krugo (Bengali: ক্রুগো Krugo 1988 Protik
4 Triton Ekti Groher Naam (Bengali: ট্রাইটন একটি গ্রহের নাম) Triton is a name of a planet 1988 Shikha
5 Biggani Sôfdor Alir Môha Môha Abishkar (Bengali: বিজ্ঞানী সফদর আলীর মহা মহা আবিষ্কার) The Great Inventions of Sofdor Ali the Scientist 1992 Gyankosh
6 Omikronik Rupantor (Bengali: ওমিক্রনিক রুপান্তর) Omicronic metamorphosis 1992 Gyankosh
7 Tukunjil (Bengali: টুকুনজিল) Tukunjeel 1993 Ononna
8 Jara Bayobôt (Bengali: যারা বায়োবট) Of the Bio-bots 1993 Tamrolipi
9 Nishôngo Grohochari (Bengali: নিঃসঙ্গ গ্রহচারী) The Lonely Planetary Traveler 1994 Somoy
10 Chromium Oronno (Bengali: ক্রোমিয়াম অরণ্য) Chromium Forest 1995 Somoy
11 Trinitri Rashimala (Bengali: ত্রিনিত্রি রাশিমালা) The Trinitri Sequence 1995 Ononna
12 Noy Noy Sunno Tin (Bengali: নয় নয় শুন্য তিন) Nine Nine Zero Three 1996 Somoy
13 Onuron Golok (Bengali: অনুরন গোলক) Resonance Orb 1996 Bidya
14 Tuki O Jhayer (Pray) Dushshahoshik Obhijan (Bengali: টুকি ও ঝায়ের (প্রায়) দুঃসাহসিক অভিযান) The (Almost) Dauntless Adventures of Tuki and Jha 1997 Anupam
15 Pri (Bengali: পৃ) Earth 1997 Somoy
16 Robonogori (Bengali: রবোনগরী) Robo-polis 1997 Kakoli
17 Ekjon Otimanobi (Bengali: একজন অতিমানবী) A Superwoman 1998 Somoy
18 System Ediphas (Bengali: সিস্টেম এডিফাস) System Ediphas 1998 Protik
19 Metsis (Bengali: মেতসিস) Metsys 1999 Somoy
20 Iron (Bengali: ইরন) Eeron 2000 Somoy
21 Joloj (Bengali: জলজ) Aquatic 2000 Tamrolipi
22 Fobianer Jatri (Bengali: ফোবিয়ানের যাত্রী) The Traveller of Fobean 2001 Somoy
23 Project Nebula (Bengali: প্রজেক্ট নেবুলা) Project Nebula 2001 Gyankosh
24 Tratuler Jogot (Bengali: ত্রাতুলের জগৎ) Tratul's World 2002 Protik
25 Beji (Bengali: বেজী Mongoose 2002 Pearl
26 Shahnaj O Kepten Dabliu (Bengali: শাহনাজ ও ক্যাপ্টেন ডাবলু) Shahnaz and Captain W 2003 Kakoli
27 Sayra Scientist (Bengali: সায়রা সায়েন্টিস্ট) Saira The Scientist 2003 Bidya
28 Phiniks (Bengali: ফিনিক্স) Phoenix 2003 Somoy
29 Shuhaner Shopno (Bengali: সুহানের স্বপ্ন) Suhan's Dream 2004 Somoy
30 Obonil (Bengali: অবনীল) Infra-blue 2004 Tamrolipi
31 Nayira (Bengali: নায়ীরা) Nayeera 2005 Somoy
32 Biggani Onik Lumba (Bengali: বিজ্ঞানী অনিক লুম্বা) Anik Lumba the Scientist 2005 Anupam
33 Ruhan Ruhan (Bengali: রুহান রুহান) Ruhan Ruhan 2006 Somoy
34 Jolmanob (Bengali: জলমানব) Man of Water 2007 Somoy
35 Ondhokarer Groho (Bengali: অন্ধকারের গ্রহ) Planet of Darkness 2008 Somoy
36 Octopaser Chokh (Bengali: অক্টোপাসের চোখ) The Eyes Of the Octopus 2009 Anupam
37 Icaras (2009) (Bengali: ইকারাস) Icarus 2009 Somoy
38 Robonishi (Bengali: রবোনিশি) Robonishi 2010 Shikha
39 Prodiji (Bengali: প্রডিজি)) Prodigy 2011 Prothoma
40 Kepler 22B (Bengali: কেপলার টুটুবি) Kepler 22B 2012 Tamrolipi
41 Blackholer Bachcha (Bengali: ব্ল্যাকহোলের বাচ্চা Child of a Blackhole 2013 Somoy
42 Ekhon Tokhon Manik Roton (Bengali: এখন তখন মানিক রতন Now Then Manik Ratan 2014 Suddhoshor
43 Animan (Bengali: এনিম্যান) Animan 2014 Somoy
44 Serina (Bengali: সেরিনা) Serina 2015 Somoy
45 Cranial (Bengali: ক্রেনিয়াল) Cranial 2016 Tamrolipi
46 Tituni Ebong Tituni (Bengali: তিতুনি এবং তিতুনি) Tituni and Tituni 2016 Kakoli
47 Ritin (Bengali: রিটিন) Ritin 2017 Tamrolipi
Iqbal with his wife, Yasmeen Haque

Awards[edit]

  • Shishu Academy Agrani Bank Shishu Shahitto Award 2001
  • Quazi Mahbubulla Zebunnesa Award 2002
  • Khalekdad Chowdhury Literary Award 2003
  • Sheltech Literary Award 2003
  • Uro Child Literary Award 2004
  • Md. Mudabber-Husne ara literary Award 2005
  • Marcantile Bank Ltd. Award 2005
  • One of the 10 living Eminent Bengali 2005
  • American Alumni Association Award 2005
  • Dhaka University Alumni Association Award 2005
  • Sylhet Naittamoncho Award '2005
  • Bangla Academy Literary Award 2005
  • Uro Child Literary Award 2006
  • Rotary SEED Award 2011[4]

Works[edit]

Iqbal is one of the pioneers of science fiction in the Bengali language.[19] He mainly writes for younger readers. He is best known for his novels for youngsters and science fictions. He also wrote several non-fiction on physics and mathematics. He writes columns in mainstream newspapers regularly.[20]

  • Patent No: 5550818, Title: System for wavelength division multiplexing/asynchronous transfer mode switching for network communication.[21]
  • Patent No: 622611, Title: Inter-ring cross-connect for survivable multi-wavelength optical communication networks.
  • Patent No: 5392154, Title: Self-regulating multi-wavelength optical amplifier module for scalable lightwave communications systems.[22]
  • A Technique for Measuring Parity non-Conservation in Hydrogenic Atom, E. G. Adelberger, T. A. Trainor, E. N. Fortson, T. E. Chupp, M. Z. Iqbal and H. E. Swanson, Nucl. Inst. Meth. 179 (1981)181.
  • Study of Prototype Xenon TPC, M. Z. Iqbal, B. G. O'Callaghan, F. Boehm, Nucl. Inst. Meth. A243 (1986) 459.
  • 10 Gb/s Direct Detection Lightwave Technology, M. Z. Iqbal, OFC 91, San Diego. 1991.
  • 10 Gbits/s DFB MOSFET Transmitter OEICs for High Speed Transmission and Optical Interconnects., T. P. Lee, Y. H. Lo, R. Bhat, P. Grabbe, M. Bagheri, M. Z. Iqbal, Proc. OEC 90, 13A2-6, Chiba, Japan July 1990.
  • 10 Gbits/s Direct Differential Phase Shift Keying Modulation and Direct Detection Experiment, R. S. Vodhanel, M. Z. Iqbal, J. L. Gimlett and L. Curtis, CLEO '90, Anaheim, California, 1990.
  • A Xenon Time Projection Chamber for Double Beta Decay, M. Z. Iqbal et al. Proc. of the 1987 Telemark Conference.
  • A Xenon Time Projection Chamber for Double Beta Decay, F. Boehm and M. Z. Iqbal, Festival- Festschrift for Val Talegdi, Ed K. Winter, Amsterdam, North Holland, 1988.
  • 10 Gb/s Optical Receiver using 978 om Diode Pumped Erbium Doped Fiber Preamplifier, M. Z. Iqbal, V. Shah, D. Daniel, L. Curtis, L. Curtis, J. L. Gimlett and R. I. Laming, TM ARH-016-877.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "হুমায়ূনের কবরে স্বজনেরা". Prothom Alo. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Information on Muhammad Zafar Iqbal". Online Dhaka. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Manu Islam (2001). Who's who in Bangladesh 2000. Centre for Bangladesh Culture. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Dr Muhammed Zafar Iqbal; Shahjalal University of Science & Technology". sust.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  5. ^ "Humayun Ahmed dies | Bangladesh". bdnews24.com. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Muhammad Zafar Iqbal". welovebd.com. 
  7. ^ Md.Mahbur Rahman (August 5, 2006). "From Bogra : A Successful Seat of knowledge". The Daily Star. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Zafar Iqbal by Humayun's side". 7 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dr. Yasmeen Haque: A Voice of Strength". The Daily Star. 17 July 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  10. ^ Staff Correspondent. "Zafar Iqbal, Yasmeen Haque resign". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  11. ^ Star Online Report. "Zafar Iqbal, Yasmeen Haque withdraw resignation". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  12. ^ Metro Desk (6 October 2011). "Zafar Iqbal gets Rotary SEED Award". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  13. ^ "War crimes catch up with Jamaat". bdnews24.com. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "IO testifies on al-Badr leader Mir Kashem's involvement in war crimes". Dhaka Tribune. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "'War crimes investigator deceived court'". bdnews24.com. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2014. That list had such names as Jewel Aich, a famous magician, Shahriar Kabir, a long-time advocate for war crimes trials and Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, a noted writer and university teacher whose father had allegedly been killed, in part due to Sayedee's connivance with the Pakistani Army in Pirojpur. 
  16. ^ "Zafar Iqbal slams media". Daily Star. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Shahbag protesters versus the Butcher of Mirpur". The Guardian. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Booklist of Muhammed Zafar Iqbal" (PDF). 
  19. ^ "::: Star Campus :::". archive.thedailystar.net. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  20. ^ Iqbal, Muhammed Zafar (2004). "Doing Science in Bangla". The Daily Star. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  21. ^ http://www.google.com/patents/US5550818
  22. ^ https://www.google.com/patents/US5392154

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