This is the story of another proud Bangladeshi Bengali. This is about M. Zahid Hasan (Bengali: জাহিদ হাসান) who led A group of researchers of Princeton University in the United States which discovered the elusive massless quasi particle, Weyl fermion, predicted 85 years earlier. This is the unique innovation. This innovation will bring revolution in producing electronics goods for the next generation. This particle has incredible capacity to move inside the matter and anti-matter through crystal. This is noteworthy that Physicist and mathematician Hermann Weyl predicted the existence of Weyl fermions in 1929.
Zahid Hasan alias Taposh is the eldest of two sons and one daughter of Advocate Mohammad Rahman Ali and wife Nadira Ali Talukdar. Zahid has passed Secondary (SSC) from Dhanmondi Government Boys’ High School in 1986 and higher secondary(HSC) from Dhaka College in 1988. He stood second in the combined merit list in SSC and first in HSC.
He later studied at the University of Texas in Austin, United States of America. He has worked with physicist Professor Steven Weinberg, who had shared the Nobel Prize with Professor Mohammad Abdus Salam in 1979. He started working on experimental based physics with his interest. He had completed his masters and doctorate at Stanford University. After completing his studies at Princeton University, he joined as a ‘lecturer’ there in 2002. He became a ‘full professor’ in 2011. He is currently a professor of physics at the university.
He has another identity as a writer. Zahid published his first book on science, Aesho Dhumketur Rajjae (Bengali: এসো ধুমকেতুর রাজ্যে) which can read as ‘come to the World of Comets: An Astrophysics Primer’ at the age of just 16 in 1986.
In his personal life, he got married with Sarah, MIT-educated engineer, who works for Microsoft. They have two adorable children: Arik Ibrahim Hasan (13) and Sarina Maryam Hasan (11).
Title: Professor of Physics,
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