Mohammad Salimullah was born on 5 January, 1949 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
He passed his B.Sc.(Hons) and M.Sc.(Thesis) in Physics from the University of Dhaka in 1971 and 1973, respectively. He began his career with a research fellowship on Theoretical Nuclear Physics at the University of Dhaka and joined Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, as a lecturer in physics in March 1975, and held the positions of Dean, Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Chairman of Department of Physics. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from IIT Delhi in 1980 on “Nonlinear Interactions of Electromagnetic Waves in Plasmas and Semiconductors.” Prof. Salimullah has been actively engaged in teaching and research since his joining Jahangirnagar University. He was the first and only Ph.D. holder in Plasma Physics when he began to organize effective research in Plasma Physics in Bangladesh.
In 1983 Prof. Salimullah visited the Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London for one year for post-doctoral research at the invitation of the British Royal Society. Since 1983 he paid several research visits to the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy in the capacity of an Associate Member of the Centre, Visiting Scientistship Programme of ICTP, and Italian Laboratory Programme, and worked at the National Institute for Fusion Science, Nagoya, Japan on a Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Programme. He also paid repeated research visits and participated in collaborative research at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, University of St. Andrews, Rutherford Appleton Lab, UK, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Technology, Japan, Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany, and University of California, San Diego, USA.
His research interest includes parametric instabilities in laser-produced plasmas, nonlinear effects in semiconductor plasmas, laser-plasma beat wave accelerators, and dusty plasmas of space and laboratory conditions. His recent works on dusty plasmas, in particular waves and instabilities and the theory of Coulomb dust crystal formations in dusty environments, have initiated a lot of interest in the plasma physics community of the world. Recently, his group is engaged in research in quantum plasmas. He has to his credit more than 200 research papers so far published in international journals.
He has served as a member of the editorial board of the Bulletin of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies and participated in many international meetings and international conferences, seminars and symposia, etc.
For his contribution to research in Physics, Prof. Salimullah has been awarded several times both nationally and internationally. These include:
The H.P. Roy Gold Medal by the University of Dhaka in 1981.
The Joint Award by Bangladesh Academy of Science and the Third World Academy of Sciences in 1986.
The Bangladesh Universities Grants Commission Award in 1988.
The Asiatic Society Award 2001.
The Senior Scientist Award by the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences in 2002.
He received the 7th “Kharazmi International Prize” from the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1994 for his research project on semiconductor plasma instabilities, and “The ISESCO Science Prize 2003” at the OIC meeting in 2003.
He became a Fellow of the Bangladesg Academy of Sciences (BAS) in 2004 and was elected as a Fellow of the IAS in 2008.