Emeritus Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar: Pioneer of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh

abdul-jabbarEmeritus Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar is the pioneer of pharmacy education in Bangladesh. Born in Davidwar, Comilla on 21st February 1921, Professor Jabbar was graduated from the University of Dhaka in 1945 and did his post graduation from the same university in 1946. He obtained his PhD and DIC in 1953 from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. He also did his many research works on pharmaceutical chemistry at renowned institutes in the UK and USA.

Professor Jabbar started his career as a lecturer of physiological chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka in 1947. He was a senior lecturer of the Department of Biochemistry (1954), Reader, Pharmaceutical Chemistry (1962), Head of the Department of Pharmacy (1966 and 1978). He served the Department of Pharmacy till his retirement in 1983.

Upon retirement, Professor Jabbar was awarded the Honorary Visiting Professorship and in 1984 he was honored as the Professor Emeritus of the Department of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka. He has more than 200 research articles in the peer reviewed national and international journals.

Professor Jabbar is the founding president of Pharmaceutical society of the then East Pakistan and also the pioneer of pharmacy education in Bangladesh. Attributes of his life is expanded over so many domains that is simply amazing. He is the role model of a teacher, researcher and at the same time the leader of pharmacy community, social worker and an affectionate father.

A brilliant son of the soil Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar is a well venerated person and will be remembered by every pharmacist of our country for his remarkable contribution in the expansion of pharmaceutical sector in Bangladesh.

Emeritus Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar died on 30-01-2016. May ALLAH place him in Jannatul Ferdous.

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