জনপ্রিয় শিশু সাহিত্যিক, কল্পবিজ্ঞান লেখক ও কলামিস্ট। মূলত একজন পদার্থবিদ, বর্তমানে শাহজালাল বিজ্ঞান ও প্রযুক্তি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে কম্পিউটার বিজ্ঞান ও প্রকৌশল বিভাগে অধ্যাপনা করছেন।Muhammed Zafar Iqbal (Bengali: মুহম্মদ জাফর ইকবাল- born 23 December 1952) is the most famous Bangladeshi author of Science-Fiction and Childrens Literature ever to grace the Bengali literary community since the countrys 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 fathers 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 Pakistans 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. Iqbals 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 Iqbals 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.