Brief Life History of National Professor Dr Nurul Islam


Nurul Islam

Date and place of birth

01 April 1928, Chittagong, Bangladesh


MB, Calcutta, 1951, TDD, University of Wales, 1955, MRCP, 1956, FCCP, American College of Chest Physicians, 1962; FCPS, 1963, FRCP Edin, 1966; FRCP Lond, 1977; DSc, Ansted University Malaysia, 1999, FCGP Bangladesh.

Fields of specialization and research

Specialization–in the field of medical science. He is a successful physician, teacher and research scientist and an outstanding personality of Bangladesh. He is dreamer and architect of tobacco-free society who first launched the anti-tobacco movement in Bangladesh through establishment of ADHUNIK meaning ‘Amra Dhumpan Nibaron Kori’, the first national anti-tobacco organization.

Service and positions held

Director & Professor, IPGMR, 1965-87, Founding Dean, Faculty of Postgraduate Medicine, DU, Physician to Founding Fatyher of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,. 1971-75, Founding Councillor, Pakistan & Bangladesh Colleges of Physicians & Surgeons, Chairman, Bangladesh Fiorst National AIDS Committee, Founder Chairman, Janasheba Foundation & Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS), Founder President, ADHUNIK (National anti-tobacco organization), Founder Chief Adviser, Coalition Against Tobacco (CAT), Chairman, Editorial Board, Tobacco News, Vice Chairman, Hamdard Foundation Bangladesh, Founder President & Founder Vice Chancellor, University of Science & Technology Chittagong, 1922 till date. In the international field : Member, WHO Expert Advisory Panel on HMD (1976-19252), Member, WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Tobacco & Health, 1922-D, Emeritus Adviser, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, Foreign Fellow, Pakistan Academy of Sciences.


He has to his credit over 100 publications on health and drugs in international journals and over 100 articles o anti-tobacco movement only published in national and international dailies and journals. He wrote over 27 books including some on Tobacco & Health eg Tobacco Smoking : Opinions, Questions & Answers; Medical Diagnosis * Treatment; Tropical Eosinophilia; Essential Drugs for Village Practice; Prescription and Professionals; Something About Health; Some Tho0ughts; Jibon Srotay (In the stream of life); History of IPGMR; Bangabandhu (in the eyes of his personal physician); Thoughts on Complementary Medicine; Tobacco Control In Bangladesh: The Man Behing (a compilation of his anti-tobacco articles appreciated by the world leaders of anti-tobacco movement.


As an educationist, medical scientist, social worker, researcher and anti-tobacco leaser Prof Islam has been awarded many Medals and Commemorative Certificates. Some are : President’s Gold Medal (1963); Gold Medal-Bangldesh Academy of Sciences (1982); Daymi Award for Religion and Social work (1986); Rangdhanu Academy Award (1977); WHO Commemorative Medal worthy of international recognition for tobacco control in 1990 & 1992; Ibn Sina Medal (1995); Gold Medal-RCP Edin (1999); Social Service Award by the Govt of Bangladesh (2002); Hussain Shahid Suhrawardi Award for tobacco-free society (2003); Bangla Academy Award (2003); Dr BC Roy Gold Medal and Chikitsa Ratna’ Award for Medical Science, Kolkata (2003); Enriching Communal Harmony & Human Rights Award, Kolkata University, India (2004); WHO, DG’s Special Award for outstanding work in the field of tobacco control in the South-East Asia Region (2005); Prime Minister’s National Science Writers’ Award (2005); Marie Curie Awar4d for Medical Science (2006).

Countries & institutions visited

Almost all countries of Asia and the Middle East, USSR, UK, Germany, Norway, Italy, Turkey, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, France, USA, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Morocco, Sudan, etc.

Editing work, if any

USTA (USTC Annual publication), Tropical Doctor, etc.

Fellowship and membership of other organizations

Pakistan Academy of Science3s, Bangladesh College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Physicians (Edin & Lond, Emeritus Regional Adviser 1988), Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, Bangladesh Society of Allergy and Immunology, Bangladesh Association for Advancement of Medical Science.

Died 24 January 2013


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