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Muhammed Zafar Iqbal Bengali is one of the most famous Bangladeshi author of Science Fiction and Children s Literature ever to grace the Bengali literary community since the country s independence in 1971 He is a professor of Computer Science Engineering at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology SUST Before that, Iqbal worked as a research scientist in Bell Communication Research for six years until 1994.Birth and Family Background Iqbal was born on 23 December 1952 in Sylhet His father, Foyzur Rahman Ahmed, was a police officer In his childhood, he traveled various part of Bangladesh, because of his father s transferring job Zafar Iqbal was encouraged by his father for writing at an early life He wrote his first science fiction work at the age of seven On 5 May 1971, during the liberation war of Bangladesh, the Pakistan s invading army captured his father and killed him brutally in the bank of a river Education Iqbal passed SSC exam from Bogra Zilla School in 1968 and HSC exam from Dhaka College in 1970 He earned his BSc in Physics from Dhaka University in 1976 In the same year Iqbal went to University of Washington to obtain his PhD and earned the degree in 1982.Personal Life Iqbal married Dr Yasmeen Haque in 1978 Yasmeen is the Dean of the Life Science Department, Head of the Physics Department, Provost of the Shohid Janoni Jahanara Imam Hall and a researcher at SUST They have two children son Nabil and daughter Yeshim Yeshim translated the book Amar Bondhu Rashed Rashed, My Friend written by her father Iqbal s elder brother, Humayun Ahmed, was the most popular author and film maker of Bangladesh since its independence Humayun died after a nine month struggle against colorectal cancer on the 19 July 2012 His younger brother, Ahsan Habib, is the editor of the satirical magazine, Unmad and one of the most reknowned cartoonist of Bangladesh.Academic Career After obtaining 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 He left the institute in 1994 and joined the faculty of the Department of CSE of SUST.Literary career Iqbal started writing stories from a very early age Iqbal wrote his first short story at the age of seven While studying in the Dhaka University Iqbal s story Copotronic Bhalobasa was published in a local magazine But, a number of readers at that time felt that the story was based on a foreign story To answer this allegation, he later rewrote the story and published the story in collection of stories named Copotronic Sukh Dukkho Since then he is the most popular writer both in Bengali Science Fiction and in Juvenile Leterature of the country.Other Activities and Awards Zafar Iqbal won the Bangla Academy Award, the highest award in literature in Bangladesh, in 2004 Iqbal also played a leading role in founding Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad In 2011 he won Rotary SEED Award for his contribution in field of education.
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