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Prof. Arun Kumar Basak

PROFESSOR ARUN KUMAR BASAK is a renowned scientist and physicist of Bangladesh. With a new theory of nuclear interactions, he has upheld the image of Bangladesh on the world stage. He is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics, University of Rajshahi. He was born on October 17, 1941 in Radhanagor of Pabna town, Bengal Presidency, British India. Basak matriculated in 1957 securing first division from R.M. Academy, Pabna. He completed his B.Sc. (Hons) examination (1961) from Rajshahi College In M.Sc. examination (1963) from RU with exemplary results.    

In December 1963, he joined University of Rajshahi as a lecturer in the Department of Physics. He was awarded a merit scholarship for securing the highest marks in the Faculty of Science and received admission at Imperial College, London. Owing to the 1965 Indo-Pak war, he could not avail the opportunity. After the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, he went to the University of Birmingham with a Commonwealth Scholarship for higher studies. There he worked with the tensor polarised deuteron and the polarised 3He beams, the latter being the only one of its kind in the world. He did his PhD degree in 1975. He had also received the SEATO Scholarship and Bangladesh Academy of Sciences Gold Medal (2003) in Physical Sciences.

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Professor Basak has had an illustrious career and life. He was a senior associate of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics at Trieste, Italy during 1987-96. He was elected a fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Institute of Physics (London) in 2001. He was a principal investigator from Bangladesh in a collaborative project funded by the US National Science Foundation. He is the fellow of Bangladesh Physical Society and Bangladesh Computer Society and also a member of American Physical Society. He was a post doctoral fellow in Nuclear Physics, The Ohio State University, USA (1981-82), an associate member of ICTP, Italy, and a visiting scholar at Southern Illinois University, USA.

Professor Arun Kumar Basak has 88 publications in international journals and 14 publications in national journals. He is one of the co-authors of the book Byaboharic Padyartha Biggyan (Practical Physics) written in Bangla for honours level.

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