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3 Bangladeshi researchers make it to Asian Scientist 100 list

  • Published at 10:26 pm April 27th, 2021
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Dr Salma Sultana, Dr Firdausi Qadri and Prof Samia Subrina (from left) Collected

With these latest inclusions, the total number of Bangladeshis getting featured in this list since 2016 now stands at six

Three Bangladeshi researchers have been included in the sixth edition of Asian Scientist 100 list, which celebrates the success of the region’s “best and brightest, highlighting their achievements across a range of scientific disciplines”.

They are Dr Salma Sultana, Dr Firdausi Qadri, and Prof Samia Subrina.

To be recognized on the list published by Asian Scientist, an English language science and technology magazine published in Singapore, “the honouree must have received a national or international prize in the preceding year for his or her research”, according to its website.

Alternatively, the researcher must have provided leadership in academia or industry, or made a significant scientific discovery to secure a place on the prestigious list.

As stated on the magazine’s website, Salma Sultana, founder of Model Livestock Advancement Foundation, was awarded the 2020 Norman E Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application by the World Food Prize Foundation for her work with small-scale farmers in Bangladesh, and her efforts involving veterinary outreach, treatment and education in particular.

Meanwhile, Firdausi Qadri, emeritus scientist at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (icddr,b), is a laureate of the 2020 L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Award for her advocacy of early diagnoses and global vaccination as well as her work on understanding and preventing infectious diseases affecting children in developing countries.

On the other hand, Samia Subrina, professor of electrical and electronic engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), is a recipient of the 2020 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World for her research on the properties and uses of nanomaterials.

With these latest inclusions, the total number of Bangladeshis getting featured in this list since 2016 now stands at six.

Hasibun Naher and Tamal Lata Aditya were included in the fifth edition of the Asian Scientist 100 list in 2019.

Naher, a faculty at the Brac University, received the 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World for her research paper on non-linear partial differential equations, which has applications in tsunami simulations.

Whereas, Lata Aditya of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) received the 2018 Senadhira Rice Research Award for her contribution to rice genetics in Bangladesh.

Another Bangladeshi Tanzima Hashemi was featured in the list for 2018. Hashemi was awarded the 2017 Elsevuer Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World for her work in developing computational approaches to privacy protection.


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