I was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, did my matriculation from Dhaka Collegiate School in 1951 and my Intermediate Science (I. Sc.) from Dhaka College in 1953. I completed my B. Sc. (Honors) in Physics from Dhaka University in 1956 and was awarded the Kali Narayan Scholarship (best student of the year award). After completing my M.Sc. in physics from Dhaka University in 1957, I went to Imperial College, University of London, in 1958 with a Royal Commission 1851 Exhibition Scholarship. There I worked in Professor Abdus Salam’s Group under the supervision of Professor P. T. Matthews. I finished my Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics in 1961 and stayed at Imperial College as a research assistant for one more year. In 1962, I went to Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (U.S.A.) as a post-doctoral fellow.
I became an Assistant Professor of Research at Brown University in 1965, and in 1967 joined the Physics Department at the University of Connecticut as a regular Assistant Professor. I was promoted to an Associate Professor in 1970 and to a Full Professor in 1975. After 40 years of research, teaching, and service, I retired in June, 2007. The Board of Trustees of the University of Connecticut approved my continued association with the University as Professor Emeritus and the Physics Department appointed me as Research Professor. This has enabled me to continue actively my research program in high energy physics and maintain regular contact with experimental colleagues at CERN. I became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1985.
I was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1980 and an Expatriate Fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences in 2003. I have been a Visiting Scientist at the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (Italy), Theoretical Physics Institute, University of Alberta (Canada), European Center for Particle Physics Research (CERN), Geneva, Laboratory for Theoretical Physics and Elementary Particles , University of Paris VI (France), Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, California (U.S.A.), Institute for High Energy Physics, Protvino (Russia), and Research Centre for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Chittagong (Bangladesh).
I have spent sabbatical leaves at the Centre for Nuclear Research, CEN, Saclay (France), Center for Theoretical Physics, Yale University, Center for Theoretical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, State University of New York at Stony Brook. I spent two years as a Visiting Professor at the Physics Department of Dhaka University (1981 – 83). During this period, I wrote with Professor Iqbal Mahmud of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology - a report on “Appropriate Technology” for the Planning Commission of the Government of Bangladesh. Together with three other colleagues, I served as a Guest Editor for three issues of Foundations of Physics, vol. 30 (2000) honoring a colleague: Professor Kurt Haller.
I am a theoretical particle physicist with primary research interest in High Energy Proton-Proton and Antiproton-Proton Elastic Scattering with a view to determining the underlying strong interaction dynamics and the structure of the nucleon. My current research is focused on proton-proton (pp) elastic scattering that will be measured at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in an experiment where each proton hits head-on another proton at a velocity close to the velocity of light. In collaboration with my colleagues: Richard Luddy, Alexei Prokudin and Jan Kaspar, I have recently predicted the pp elastic scattering at LHC based on the nucleon structure that we have arrived at. Our prediction as well as the predictions of other groups will be tested at LHC by the TOTEM (Total Elastic and Diffractive Measurement) Experiment.