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Chowdhury, Mafiz Ali


Chowdhury, Mafiz Ali (1919-1994) politician. He was born on 1919 at village Mongalbari in Jaipurhat district. His father was Ali Mohammad Chowdhury. Mafiz Ali Chowdhury obtained BSc degree from Kolkata Presidency College and MSc degree from Dhaka University in 1937. He got his PhD degree in Applied Chemistry from the United States in 1949. He was a member of the Royal Academy of Chemistry in London.

While a student of Kolkata Presidency College Mafiz Chowdhury got involved in politics. At that time he was elected a member of the working committee of All India Muslim Chhatra Samity. Mafiz Ali Chowdhury took part in the movement for the removal of Holwell Monument with Subhas Chandra Bose. He joined the Awami League in 1963. Mafiz Chowdhury took part in the SIX-Point Movementand in mass upsurge of 1969. He was elected a member of the Pakistan National Assembly from Bogra-1 constituency in 1970 as a nominee of Awami League. In 1971, he led the non-cooperation movement in Bogra. Mafiz Chowdhury was a member of the delegation of Bangladesh to the United Nations under the leadership of Justice abu sayeed choudhury in 1971.

Mafiz Chowdhury was included in the cabinet of Bangabandhu in 1972. In 1973, he was elected a member of the Jatiya Sangsad from the Bogra-1 constituency and was included in the cabinet of Bangabandhu in charge of the Ministry of Natural Wealth, Science and Technology Research and Atomic Energy. In 1975, he performed the responsibility of Deputy Leader of the delegation of Bangladesh to the United Nations General Assembly.

Mafiz Chowdhury was noted for his writings. In the 1960s, he edited and published a Bangla journal titled Swadesh. He translated a good number of books from different languages into Bangla. He died on 30 May 1994. [Md. Ali Akbar]