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We have active research programs in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, High-energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Biophysics. Our high-energy physics, particle astrophysics and nuclear physics groups are involved in experiments which recreate the conditions of the early universe.

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Fundamental Theory & Cosmology

A major goal of cosmology is to explain the present state of the universe in terms of processes that happened early on in its history. The Big Bang model provides an empirically tested explanation for the evolution of the universe from about one hundredth of a second after its creation through to the present day.

About Dr. Jamal Nazrul Islam

Dr. Islam used to say that “I never used calculator”

Celebrated physicist, cosmologist and mathematician Professor Emeritus Dr. Jamal Nazrul Islam passed away at the age of 74 on March 16, 2013 in a private hospital in Chittagong. He had been suffering from lung infection and heart disease. Dr. Islam was at once a physicist, mathematician, astronomer, cosmologist and economist. He was famous for his research in the field of quantum cosmology, especially the birth, evolution and ultimate fate of the universe. He was the one who introduced black holes as krishno-bibor to Bengali readers.

  • Professor Islam was born on 24 February 1939 in Jhenaidah, British India (what is now Bangladesh). He studied at Chittagong Collegiate School, going on to Lawrence College in Marit, West Pakistan where he passed the Senior Cambridge and Senior Cambridge Higher Senior Cambridge exams. He received a Bachelor of science BSc degree from St. Xavier's College, Calcutta St. Xavier's College at the University of Calcutta. Islam took his mathematical tripos and PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1964, followed by a DSc in 1982.

  • Professor Islam was a theoretical physicist by profession. He worked as Post Doctoral Fellow in the University of Maryland, USA from 1963 to 1965. During 1967-1971 he worked at the Cambridge Institute of Theoretical Astronomy. He worked in the California Institute of Technology from 1971 to 1972 and then joined Washington University as Senior Research Associate. Later, he joined London King’s College as Lecturer in Applied Mathematics. From 1975 to 1978 he worked as Fellow of Science Research Council, University College, Cardiff. He joined City University, London in 1978 and was soon promoted to Reader. He worked there until 1984. He also worked as a visiting member in the Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton during this time. Upon his return to Bangladesh in 1984, he joined the Department of Mathematics, Chittagong University and founded the Research Center for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (RCMPS) of which he was the Director till his death. He was also a syndicate member of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CHUET).

  • Bangladesh Academy of Science awarded Dr. Islam with a Gold Medal in 1985. In 1994, he received the National Science and Technology Medal. In 1998, he received the Medal Lecture Award in the 3rd World Academy of Science in the Abdus Salam Centre for Science and Theoretical Physics located in Italy. In 2001, he was awarded the Ekushey Padak for his research in Bengali. He received the Bangladesh Science Academy Gold Medal in 1985. In 2011, in recognition of his contribution, Dhaka University awarded him with the Razzaq-Shamsun Lifetime Achievement Award in Physics.

  • Dr. Islam was an extraordinary person.He was entirely committed to the country. In 1971 he wrote to many influential figures to help stop Pakistan’s barbarity on unarmed Bangladeshis. A true patriot, he brought his whole family back to Bangladesh, leaving behind a sophisticated life abroad. He chose his dear Chittagong University to promote the study of science among the youth of his country. His distinct presence was enough to enliven the surroundings.

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