CHITTAGONG, Mar 16, 2013 (BSS) - Professor Jamal Nazrul Islam, who died here today at a private heath facility, earned an international repute as a natural scientist but his progressive thoughts on social and spiritual issues and involvement in cultural activities earned him an extra status as a pro-people social figure.
A graduate of Cambridge and expert in advanced physics, mathematics and cosmology, Jamal Nazrul was born in 1939 in Jhinaidah having his ancestral home at Fatikchhari of Chittagong and has his schooling at Chittagong Collegiate School earned his first bachelors degree with honours from the Calcutta University.
Serving as a professor emeritus of Chittagong University He again obtained BA and MA in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Trinity College, Cambridge completing three years' BA (Honours) with distinction in 2 years from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Trinity.
Prof Jamal Nazrul was one of the few people to have obtained both the PhD and DSc having his professional engagements with different world class universities whose earnest interest to serve the country prompted him to return home after 1971 independence leaving aside the lucrative career abroad when he joined Chittagong University.
"Professor Jamal Nazrul is one of the most outstanding physicists of the current age," Nobel Laureate world famous Professor Abdus Salam once said expressing his appreciation about him while Salam was the man who also inspired him to return him to chair the proposed 3rd World Science Academy, which, however, never came into being.
But people beyond his academic arena knew him as a singer having his passion for Tagore and spiritual songs, some know him as a student of Sufism and many found him as a social activist dedicated for the betterment of the ultra poor and promoter of the spirit of 1971.
He was the member of Royal Astronomical Society, Cambridge Philosophical Society, Islamic World Academy of Sciences, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.