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Dr. MAM Muhtasham Hussain (Deceased)

(Fellow, 1974)

Bangladesh (BD)
Bangladesh (BD)

Professor M.A.M. Muhtasham Hussain was born on August 1, 1929 in Kolkata, India. His father was Late Prof. Qazi Akram Hussain and Mother Late Amena Sharfunnessa.

Elementary education was in 'Sakha Masterer Pathsala' in Alipore. Kolkata. This led to studies in Chetla Boys H.E. School, Alipore from 1937 to 1940. In 1941 he entered Rajshahi Collegiate School and in 1945 he passed Matriculation Examination from this School in the First Division securing a First Grade Scholarship. Then he entered Rajshahi College and passed the I.Sc. Examination in 1947 in the First Division again securing a First Grade Scholarship. In 1950 he got a first Class honours drgree in Physics from Dhaka University and was awarded the Raja Kalinarayan Scholarship. Next year, he passed the M.Sc. Examination of Dhaka University in the First Class. In 1960 he received Ph.D. degree from the University of Liverpool, England. Prof. Muhtasham Hussain’s higher education and training in research activities took place in England at the University of Liverpool and Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell.

The area of research for Ph.D. degree of Dr. Hussain was Particle Physics and he studied Muon decay characteristics using the Liverpool Synchro-Cyclotron. Later, he spent two one-year terms at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, England where he worked in Nuclear Physics with Van de Graaff Accelerators.

For a good number of years since 1964 Dr. Hussain had worked  with the newly built 3 MeV Van de Graaff Accelerator at the Atomic Energy Center, Dhaka and concentrated his research activities in the field of Neutron Physics. Later in the University of Dhaka he started work in the field of elemental analysis using X-rays and neutrons from radioactive sources. For many years his main interest was in the fields of Solar and Wind Energy. He established the Energy Park of the Renewable Energy Research Centre, University of Dhaka and devoted himself to research and demonstration activities there.

In 1952 Dr. Muhtasham Hussain was appointed a Lecturer in Physics at the University of Dhaka. In 1960 he became a Reader in Physics and in 1970 a Professor of Physics. In 1984 he was appointed the Bose Professor of Physics. He was Director of the Renewable Energy Research Centre, Dhaka University from 1983-1990 and Dean of Science, 1983-1985. He retired from the University in 1990 and was reappointed for a further period of five years.

Dr. Muhtasham Hussain was the Founder Editor of The Physicist, Journal of the Physical Society of Bangladesh and was a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and of Dhaka University Studies for a number of years.

Dr. Muhtasham Hussain has to his credit over 100 international and national Publications mainly in the fields of Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics and Renewable Energies.

Professor Hussain was elected a Fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and of Bangladesh Physcial Society. He was the President of the Bangladesh Physical Society for 1987 and 1988 and was the President of Bangladesh Solar Energy Society for a number of years since 1991.

Professor Hussain visited a number of research institutions and various countries including England, France, Germany, Italy, USA, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and China.

Prof. Muhtasham Hussain expired on 09 January 2021.

Kolkata, India
India (IND)
Last updated on 30/11/2023