Professor Islam was born on 24 February 1939 in Jhenaidah, British India (what is now Bangladesh). He studied at Chittagong Collegiate School, going on to Lawrence College in Marit, West Pakistan where he passed the Senior Cambridge and Senior Cambridge Higher Senior Cambridge exams. He received a Bachelor of science BSc degree from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta St. Xavier’s College at the University of Calcutta. Islam took his mathematical tripos and PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1964, followed by a DSc in 1982.

When J.N. Islam got admitted to Chittagong Collegiate School, he was doubly promoted for his extraordinary result in the admission test. Islam was the only person who studied Mathematics in the Higher Senior Cambridge level which is now GCE Advanced Level in the whole Pakistan. He used to say that “I never used calculator”.

**Career At a Glance**

In his lifetime Dr. Islam has worked in various institutions over the world.

*A post-doctoral fellow of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (1963-1965).

*Staff member, Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, University of Cambridge, (1967-1971).

*Visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, (1968,1973, 1984).

*Visiting associate at the California Institute of Technology (famously known as CALTECH), (1971-1972).

*Senior research associate in the Department of Astronomy, University of Washington, (1972-1973).

*Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, King’s College London, (1973-1974).

*Fellow of science research council at University College, Cardiff, UK, (1975-1978).

*Lecturer and Reader at the City University, London, UK, (1978-1984).

*Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics, University of Chittagong

*Professor Emeritus at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

*Member of University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh.

**Research Interests**

His research areas include Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Physics, theory of Gravitation, General Relativity, Mathematical Cosmology and Quantum Field Theory. Dr. Islam authored/coauthored/edited more than 50 scientific articles, books and some popular articles published in various prestigious scientific journals. Besides this the books he has written in Bangla are no less important,however. Particularly noteworthy are ”Black Hole”, published from the Bangla Academy, “The Mother Tongue, Scientific Research and other Articles” from Rahat Publishers and “Art, Literature and Society” from Siraj Publishers. The latter two are compilations.

He has participated and organized in several international conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops and meetings both in Bangladesh and in many countries of the world.

**Selected Publications**

**Books Authored/Coauthored/Edited**

1. Islam, J.N. (1983): *The Ultimate Fate of the Universe*. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England. ISBN 978-0-521-11312-0. (Digital print version published in 2009).

2. Bonnor, W.B., Islam, J.N., MacCallum, M.A.H. (eds.)(1983): *Classical General Relativity: Proceedings of the Conference on Classical (Non-Quantum) General Relativity*, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England. ISBN 0-521-26747-1.

3. Islam, J.N. (1985): *Rotating Fields in General Relativity*, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England. ISBN 978-0-521-11311-3]. (Digital print version published in 2009).

4. Islam, J.N. (1992, 2nd edition 2001): *An Introduction to Mathematical Cosmology*, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England. ISBN 0-521-49973-9.

**Scholarly Articles**

1. Islam, J.N.: Modified Mandelstam Representation for Heavy Particles. *J. Math. Phys.* **3**, 1098-1106 (1962). http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1703852

2. Islam, J.N.: Acnodes and Cusps and the Mandelstam Representation. *J. Math. Phys.* **4**, 872-878 (1963). http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1704012

3. Islam, J.N., Kim, Y.S.: Analytic Property of Three-Body Unitarity Integral. *Phys. Rev.* **138**, B1222–B1229 (1965).http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRev.138.B1222

4. Islam, J.N.: Leading Landau Curves of a Class of Feynman Diagrams. *J. Math. Phys.* **7**, 652-660 (1966). http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1704978

5. Islam, J.N.: Green Function Formulation of the Dirac Field in Curved Space. *Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A* **294**, 437-448 (1966).http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.1966.0217

6. Islam, J.N.: Field Equations in the Neighbourhood of a Particle in a Conformal Theory of Gravitation. *Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A* **306**, 487-501 (1968).http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.1968.0163

7. Islam, J.N.: Field Equations in the Neighbourhood of a Particle in a Conformal Theory of Gravitation. II. *Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A* **313**, 71-82 (1969).http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.1969.0180

8. Islam, J.N.: Some general relativistic inequalities for a star in hydrostatic equilibrium. *Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc.* **145**, 21-29 (1969)].http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1969MNRAS.145…21I

9. Islam, J.N.: Some general relativistic inequalities for a star in hydrostatic equilibrium-II. *Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc.* **147**, 377-386 (1970).http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1970MNRAS.147..377I

10. Islam, J.N.: A class of approximate exterior rotating solutions of Einstein’s equations. *Math. Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc.* **79**, 161-166 (1976).http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0305004100052178

11. Islam, J.N.: Possible Ultimate Fate of the Universe. *Quart. J. R. Astron. Soc.* **18**, 3-8 (1977).http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1977QJRAS..18….3I

12. Islam, J.N.: On the static field in general relativity. *Math. Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc.* **81**, 485-496 (1977).http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0305004100053548

13. Islam, J.N.: On the static field in general relativity: II. *Math. Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc.* **83**, 299-306 (1978).http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0305004100054566

14. Islam, J.N.: On the stationary axisymmetric Einstein-Maxwell equations. *Gen. Relativ. Gravit.* **9**, 687-690 (1978).http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF00760140

15. Islam, J.N.: A Class of Exact Interior Solutions of the Einstein-Maxwell Equations. *Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A* **353**, 523-531 (1977).http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.1977.0048

16. Islam, J.N.: The Ultimate Fate of the Universe. *Sky & Telescope* **57**, 13-18 (1979).

17. Islam, J.N.: The long-term future of the universe. *Vistas in Astronomy* **23**, 265–277 (1979). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0083-6656(79)90014-X

18. Islam, J.N.: Recently Found Solution of Einstein’s Equations. *Phys. Rev. Lett.* **43**, 601-602 (1979)http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.43.601

19. Islam, J.N.: The Far Future of the Universe. *Endeavour*, **8**, 32-34 (1984). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0160-9327(84)90127-3

20. Islam, J.N.: On Rotating Charged Dust in General Relativity. *Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A* **362**, 329-340 (1978).http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.1978.0136

21. Islam, J.N.: On Rotating Charged Dust in General Relativity. II. *Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A* **367**, 71-280 (1979).http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.1979.0087

22. Islam, J.N.: On Rotating Charged Dust in General Relativity. III. *Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A* **372**, 111-115 (1980).http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.1980.0104

23. Islam, J.N.: On rotating charged dust in general relativity. IV. *Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A* **385**, 189-205 (1983).http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.1983.0010

24. Islam, J.N.: On Rotating Charged Dust in General Relativity. V. *Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A* **389**, 291-298 (1983).http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.1983.0110

25. Islam, J.N., Schutz, B.F.: Motion of primordial black holes in the early universe and their likely distribution today. *Gen. Relativ. Gravit.* **12**, 881-893 (1980). http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF00757357

26. Islam, J.N.: The cosmological constant and classical tests of general relativity. *Phys. Lett. A* **97**, 239–241 (1983).http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0375-9601(83)90756-9

27. Boachie, L. A., Islam, J.N.: On a certain solution of the Einstein-Maxwell equations. *Phys. Lett. A* **93**, 321–322 (1983).http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0375-9601(83)90107-X

28. Islam, J.N.: Closed form for Van Stockum interior solution of Einstein’s equations. *Phys. Lett. A* **94**, 421–423 (1983).http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0375-9601(83)90843-5

29. Islam, J.N., Bergh, N. V. d., Wils, P.: General solutions for axisymmetric differentially rotating charged dust with vanishing Lorentz force. *Class. Quant. Grav.* **1**, 705-714 (1984).

30. Islam, J.N.: On Yang-Mills Theory in the Temporal Gauge. *Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A* **421**, 279-301 (1989).http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.1989.0012

31. Islam, J.N.: Schrödinger Functional Equation for Yang-Mills Theory. *Prog. Theor. Phys.* **89**, 161-185 (1993)http://ptp.oxfordjournals.org/content/89/1/161.abstract, http://ptp.ipap.jp/link?PTP/89/161/

32. Islam, J.N.: The Schrödinger equation in quantum field theory. *Found. Phys.* **24**, 593-630 (1994).http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02054667

33. Azad, A.K., Islam, J.N.: Cosmological constant in the Bianchi type-I-modified Brans-Dicke cosmology. *Pramana J. Phys.* **60**, 21-27 (2003).http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02705065

34. Islam, M.A., Islam, J.N.: Anharmonic solution of Schrödinger time-independent equation. *Pramana J. Phys.* **77**, 243-261 (2011).http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12043-011-0101-8

35. Firoz, K.A., Moon, Y.-J., Park, S.-H., Kudela, K., Islam, J.N., Dorman, L. I.: On the Possible Mechanisms of Two Ground-level Enhancement Events. *ApJ* **743**, 190 (18pp) (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/743/2/190

36. Panna, N., Islam, J.N.: Construction of an Exact Solution of Time-Dependent Ginzburg-Landau Equations by Standard Integral for Front Propagation in Superconductors. *Science Journal Of Mathematics and Statistics*, Article ID sjms-101, 4 Pages, (2012).http://www.sjpub.org/sjms/abstract/sjms-101

37. Panna, N., Islam, J.N.: Construction of an exact solution of time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations and determination of the superconducting-normal interface propagation speed in superconductors. Interaction of Lasers with Atoms, Molecules and Clusters University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 9-12 January 2012. (Forthcoming)

**Death**

Dr. Islam died on 16th March 2013 in Chittagong, Bangladesh. With his death we have lost a creative, thoughtful and active member of the relativity-and-gravitation community.