Prof. Muhammed Hussain
Bangladesh Biochemical Society
Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh
avid researcher with significant contributions
in agricultural biochemistry and applied nutrition
with focus on national need."
By- Prof. Syed Saleheen
Faculty of Biological Sciences
Editor, Bangladesh Journal of Biochemistry
Vice President, Bangladesh Society for Biochemistry
& Molecular Biology
Professor Dr. Muhammed Hussain, Vice-Chancellor,
Bangladesh Agricultural University. Mymensingh, an eminent
biochemist who will be remembered for significant contribution
made to agriculture and applied nutrition related fields,
died on 04 February 2000 in a tragic road accident,
Born on 16 August 1939 at Sitakund, Chittagong,
Dr. Hussain, as he was popularly known, was educated
at the University of Dhaka where he obtained and M.
Sc degree in Biochemistry in 1960. He later earned a
Ph. D degree from Texas A & M University, USA in
He joined the Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU),
Mymensing at its inception in 1962 as a lecturer in
the newly organized Department of Biochemistry and never
looked back since, devoting his time, energy and enthusiasm
into building the department into a premier agricultureal
biochemistry department of the country. He was appointed
Assistant Professor in 1967, Associate Professor in
1970 and was elevated to full Professor in 1977 in the
same department, a position he held until his untimely
death. Dr. Hussain also served the Department
of Biochemistry as its chairman and head ; the Faculty
of Agriculture as an elected Dean; and, the University
as its Vice-chancellor; a recognition of his talent
and organizational ability.
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An avid researcher, Dr. Hussain made significant
contribution in agricultural biochemistry and applied
nutrition with focus on national need. His main research
interest was improvement of crops, like lathyrus, black
gram, sweet potato, HYV rice and aroids, with respect
to both yield and nutritional quality. His research
contributed significanty to the release of
(i) two high yielding varieties of rice, named BAU 64
and BAU 65;
(2) two improved varieties of sweet potato, namely Kamalasundari
and Tripti; and ,
(3) two improved cultivars of arum, namely Latiraj and
Bilashi. Dr. Hussain has tohis credit fifty research
articles published in national and international journals
and is te author of one book, entitled Sabji Theke Pushti.
A dedicated organizer and an intuitive leader, Dr.
Hussain was active in many professional and socio-cultural
organizations and was called upon to serve as President
of a number of scientific professional bodies including
The Bangladesh Biochemical Society, the BAU Teachers'
Council, the Texas A & M Alumni Association, local
chapter. He was an Executive committee member of scientific
societies like the Bangladesh Society of Microbiologist,
the Bangladesh Nutrition Society, the Bangladesh Association
for the Advancement of Science, and the Indian Society
of Food Technologies.
His success was recognized by the award of a commonwealth
Staff Fellowship 1978; a fellowship from the United
Nations' University in 1987; and a fellowship from the
International Association of University Presidents in
A man of amiable social disposition, Dr. Hussain
was extremely popular among his students and peers alike.
He liked to mix with them freely and was able to enthuse
in them a sense of belonging and dedication. Dr.
Hussain earned the love and respect of his colleagues
by his inimitable qualities of understanding and fellow-feeling.
Dr. Hussain will be surely missed by his colleagues
and students and is irreplaceable.
A devoted family man, Dr. Hussain is survived
by his wife. Zohra Hussain, one son, two daughters and
grandchildren. May Allah in His infinite mercy grant
Dr. Muhammed Hussain eternal bliss.
Syed Saleheen Qadri
of Dept of
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
University of Dhaka