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Encyclopedia > Muhammed Zafar Iqbal
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal on a picnic day in 2001 with his students.
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal on a picnic day in 2001 with his students.

Muhammed Zafar Iqbal (Bangla: মুহম্মদ জাফর ইকবাল) (born December 23, 1952) is a Bangladeshi academian, scientist, writer of children’s books and science-fiction and columnist. He is a professor of Computer Science at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. Iqbal is a science fiction writer in the Bangla language. He was elected as one of the best ten living Bangali.[citation needed] Image File history File links Mzi. ... Image File history File links Mzi. ... This article is about the Bengali language. ... December 23 is the 357th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (358th in leap years). ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... A columnist is a journalist who produces a specific form of writing for publication called a column. Columns appear in newspapers, magazines and the Internet. ... Computer science, or computing science, is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... Shahjalal University of Science and Technology is a technical university located in Sylhet, Bangladesh. ...

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Family

Jafar Iqbal with his wife, Yasmin Haq
Jafar Iqbal with his wife, Yasmin Haq

His father, a police officer, Foyzur Rahman was murdered by the Pakistani army during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. Elder brother Humayun Ahmed is the living legend, most popular writer of Bangla Language. Younger brother Ahsan Habib (Cartoonist) is the editor of `Unmad' and a cartoonist as well as popular writer. Wife, Dr. Yasmeen Haque, a scientist, teaching in the dept. of Physics, Shah jalal University of Science and Technology(SUST). His son is Nabil and daughter Yesim who translated a book written by her father. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 2037 KB) Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and his wife File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Muhammed Zafar Iqbal Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 2037 KB) Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and his wife File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Muhammed Zafar Iqbal Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added... Humayun Ahmed (Bangla:হুমায়ুন আহমেদ) is one of the most popular novelists and dramatists in Bangladesh. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Childhood

Muhammed Zafar Iqbal was born in Sylhet. His childhood was spent in Sylhet, Jagdal, Panchagarh, Rangamati, Bandarban, Chittagong, Bogra, Comilla and Pirojpur. Shah Jalal Mazar (Tomb) Sylhet (Sylheti: Silôţ; Bengali: সিলেট, Sileţ, formerly Srihôţţo) is a major city in north-eastern Bangladesh. ... Panchagarh is a district in Northern Bangladesh. ... Rangamati is a district in South-eastern Bangladesh. ... Bandarban (Bangla:বান্দরবান) is a district in South-Eastern Bangladesh, and a part of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. ... Chittagong (Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম, Chôţţogram) is the major seaport and second largest city of Bangladesh. ... Bogra is a northern district of Bangladesh, in the Rajshahi Division. ... Comilla (3085. ... Pirojpur is a district in South-western Bangladesh. ...


Life and career

Iqbal studied Physics at the University of Dhaka and graduated in 1975. He obtained his PhD from the University of Washington in 1982. He had a distinguished career at Caltech and then worked for the Bell Labs in New Jersey. The University of Dhaka (commonly referred to as Dhaka University or just DU) (Bangla: ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় Đhaka Bishshobiddalôe) is the oldest university in Bangladesh. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... California Institute of Technology The California Institute of Technology (commonly known as Caltech) is a private, coeducational university located in Pasadena, California, in the United States. ... Bell Laboratories (also known as Bell Labs and formerly known as AT&T Bell Laboratories and Bell Telephone Laboratories) was the main research and development arm of the United States Bell System. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ...


Literature

Zafar Iqbal started writing since his college days and became very popular with his teen-adventure novels, a rarity in Bangla literature in the late 1970s. His writing career was interrupted when he came to study and work in the USA. While abroad, his first two science fiction books came out, meeting great critical and popular acclaim. He returned to Bangladesh in early 1990s, leaving his successful career in the US, and joined a Shahjalal University of Science and Technology to teach Physics and Computer Science. After his return, he took up the causes of promoting science to young children, building a first-rate science education program at the university, and promoting freedom of thought. His latter cause and his opposition to the religious fundamentalism put him in direct conflict with the religious fanatics. Shahjalal University of Science and Technology is a technical university located in Sylhet, Bangladesh. ... Physics (from the Greek, (phúsis), nature and (phusiké), knowledge of nature) is the science concerned with the discovery and understanding of the fundamental laws which govern matter, energy, space, and time. ... Computer science, or computing science, is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ...


Although he writes fiction and non-fiction for grown-ups, he is at his creative best with his novels for adolescents. The young people in his novels are everyday boys and girls, seek and find adventure in their otherwise unremarkable and modest lives. They go through tough times with wonderful sense of optimism and wide eyed curiosity. A couple of his novels have been made into motion pictures.


Columns

Iqbal writes a regular column in the popular Daily Prothom Alo called Sadha-Sidhe Kotha (Simple Talk). He has written numerous columns apart from this regular one as well.

Muhammed Zafar Iqbal is reviewing the answer scripts of an exam on a rainy day in front of his office (2006).
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal is reviewing the answer scripts of an exam on a rainy day in front of his office (2006).

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Science and mathematics

Iqbal, together with Mohammad Kaykobad, started the Mathematics Festival in Bangladesh, probably the first attempt to popularize recreational (and serious) mathematics in Bangladesh. This led to Bangladesh attending the International Mathematical Olympiad for the first time in 2005. This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is an annual mathematical olympiad for high school students. ...


Threats on Him

In an open public meeting, Iqbal was threatened by the fundamentalists though he never took a position against religion as Taslima Nasrin or Humayun Azad did. Even minor bombing has occurred. He has been threated by the members of "Bangladesh Islami Chatroshibir" in august 2006 at his University Campus. Taslima Nasrin Taslima Nasrin (Bangla: তসলিমা নাসরিন), also known as Taslima Nasreen, (born 25 August 1962 in Mymensingh, Bangladesh) is a Bengali Bangladeshi physician, writer, feminist human rights activist and secular humanist. ...


Literary Works

Science Fiction

Autograph hunting; Muhammed Zafar Iqbal in Bangla Academy's Ekushey Boi Mela. (2007).
Autograph hunting; Muhammed Zafar Iqbal in Bangla Academy's Ekushey Boi Mela. (2007).
  • Kopotronik Sukh-Dukkho (Copotronic Joy and Sorrow) (1976)
  • Omikronik Rupantor (Omicronic metamorphosis)
  • Sytem Ediphas
  • Obonil (Infra-Blue) (2004)
  • Crugo
  • Triton Ekti Groher Nam (Triton, the Name of a Planet)
  • Ekjon Otimanobi (A Superlady)
  • Noy Noy Sunno Tin (Nine Nine Zero Three)
  • Cromium Oronno (The Cromium Forest}
  • Metsys (1999)
  • Nishongo Grohochari (The Lone Planatery Traveler)
  • Jolojo (Born in Water) (2000)
  • Robonogori (Robocity)
  • Eron
  • Project Nebula (2001)
  • Fobeaner Jatri (The Traveller of Fobean)
  • Ruhan Ruhan (2006)
  • Nayeera
  • Pri (1997)
  • Saira Scientist (Saira, The Scientist)
  • Biggani Sofdor Alir Moha Moha Abiskar (The Great Inventions of Sofdor Ali, the Scientist) (1992)
  • Dekha Alo, Na dekha Rup (1986)
  • Mohakashe Moha Tras
  • Sahnaz O Captain Dablu
  • Phoenix (2003)
  • Tratuler Jagat (2002)
  • Trinitry Rashimala (1995)
  • Tuki O Jhayer (Pray) Dusshahoshik Obhijan
  • Jara Biobot (1993)
  • Onuron Golok (1996)
  • Amra O Crab Nebula (2000)

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Children's Adventures

  • Dipu Number Two
  • Raju O Agunalir Voot
  • Bokulappu
  • Bachcha Voyonkor Kachcha Voyonkor
  • Bubuner Baba (Bubun's Father)
  • Nitu O Taar Bondhura (Nitu and Her Friends)
  • Schooler Naam Pothochari
  • Jarul Chowdhurir Manikjorr
  • Hatkata Robin
  • Dushto Cheler Dol (Bad Boys Gang)
  • Amar Bondhu Rashed (Rashed My Friend)
  • Ami Topu (I am Topu)
  • Schooler Nam Pothochari (The Name Of The School Was Pothochari)
  • Litu Brittanto (Story of Litu)
  • Dosshi Kojon (Little Pirates)
  • T-Rexer Sondhane (In Search of T-Rex)
  • Chelemanushi (Childish)
  • Akas Bariye Dao (Spread the Sky)

Math & Science

  • Neurone Onuronon (Jointly with Mohammad Kaykobad)(2002)
  • Neurone Onuronon 2 (Jointly with Mohammad Kaykobad)(2003)
  • Gonit Abong Aro Gonit (Jointly with Jakariya Swapan)
  • Bigganer Ekso Mojar Khela (100 Interesting Games of Science)

This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ...

Other Works

  • Pret
  • Tomader Prosno Amar Uttor
  • Beesh Bochor Pore (As an editor)
  • Chander Aloi Koyekjon Jubok
  • 2030 Saler Ekdin O Onnano
  • Dusuopner Ditio Prohor
  • Muhabbat Alir Ekdin
  • Chhayaleen

Filmography

  • Dipu Number 2

Moreover, many novels and stories are convdrted into plays and TV serials and even animated movies.


External links

  • All the SciFi and HiFi from the popular Pen

See also

  • A column by Iqbal
  • Head, CSE Dept. SUST
  • Muhammad Zafar Iqbal: A life in quantum leap (New Age magazine, 2005)

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Muhammed Zafar Iqbal (Bangla: মুহম্মদ জাফর ইকবাল) (born December 23, 1952) is a Bangladeshi academian, scientist, writer of children’s books and science-fiction and columnist.
Iqbal studied Physics at the University of Dhaka and graduated in 1975.
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal is reviewing the answer scripts of an exam on a rainy day in front of his office (2006).
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