Speaker Details

F R Sarkar

 

F. R. Sarker  ( Fazlur Rahman Sarker) started Sky Observation activity from 1969.
In 1979, he was appointed as the Head of Sky Observation Team of  National Museum of Science & Technolgy, Dhaka.

On 16 February, 1980,  he conducted the Observation of Total Solar Eclipse, through a 4” dia Telescope over the roof top of Science Museum, then situated at  Road-6, Dhanmundi RA, Dhaka..

In 1985-86, during the apparition of Halley’s Comet, he conducted dozens of Comet Observational Programmes through a 8” dia  Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope  in Dhaka and its outskirts.

1987, F. R. Sarker  conducted  a  “Short Course on Astronomy “  for about 4  months in Science Museum in which about 90 students had participated. He wrote a Book named  “ Prathomic Jotirbiggyan “  ( Primary Astronomy)  and  “ Rater Akash “  (Sky Map )  as  Educational materials  for the Students of this Course. It was the First Initiative in the history of Bangladesh to arrange Teaching of Astronomy with  Book,  Sky Map , Telescope and  Videos.

He  has worked for about 10 years in Science Museum and conducted hundreds of Sky Observation Programmes  including Seminars and Workshops on Astronomy and Space related  activities.

In November, 1984, F. R. Sarker  played a pivotal role to form the Bangladesh Astronomical Society and he was elected as its General Secretary.

In 1995, he obtained  Membership with  the Confederation of Indian Amateur Astronomers (CIAA) and he had attended  CIAA’s  “ Astronomer’s Meet”   in  New Delhi in 1996  and in Shillong, Meghalaya, in 1998.

He had  participated in  2 Total Solar Eclipse Observation Programmes organized by  CIAA  in India.  One was observed from Diamond Harbour area in  Kolkata on  24 October,  1995 and the other  from  Runn of Kutch,  Bhuj,  Gujrat,  on  11 August, 1999. 

He had organized  a big  Demonstration on the Streets of Dhaka on 12 June, 1999 against the “ Flyby of  NASA’s  Cassini Spacecraft “ which was scheduled to swing over Planet Earth on 18 August, 1999  on its way from Venus to Saturn within 496 miles altitude of  the Earth . It contained 72Lbs Plutonium Dioxide which if broken  during Flyby  could cause deaths of millions  of people  with  its proliferation of Nuclear Radiation. This News was prominently covered by  CNN TV Channel   on 16 August, 1999 . He was the Member of the “ Stop Cassini Flyby Action Committee “ headed  by  Dr. Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of New York, USA.

During the Close-up of Mars  with Earth in August , 2003, he took part in its several Observational Programmes  including a Seminar on 26 August,  in the Auditorium of  Bangladesh University of Science & Technology  (BUET).  

Celebration of World Space Week  in early  October is a Programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) (www.unoosa.org) ) which is  coordinated by  World Space Week Association (WSWA)  based  in Houston, USA  aimed at creating Space Awareness among the  School  Students around the world.. In 2003,  F. R. Sarker was nominated  as the National Coordinator of the  World Space Week Association (WSWA), (www.worldspaceweek.org) in Bangladesh. Since October, 2004,  he has been regularly organizing the Celebration of World Space at his native village Enayetpur which lies about 85 miles northwest of Dhaka.  In 2005, he has built up “Mohakash Bhaban” (Space House) at  Enayetpur  to run his  Space related Activities.

Celebration of  World Space Week at  Enayetpur is one of the  biggest Space Festivals in the world  which is participated by thousands of  Students, Teachers and Space Enthusiasts with spectacular  Street Rally, Space Debate, Space Drama, Space Quiz, Kid Astronauts Parade,  Space Art Contest ,Water Rockets Launch Contest.  etc.

On 3-5  October 2011, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs  (UNOOSA)  had sent  2  Delegates from U.K  and Ireland   to  Enayetpur for celebration of  the  World Space Week ( WSW-2011) in joint collaboration of  Bangladesh Astronomical Society  (BAS)  and  United Nations Educational, Scientific Organization (UNESCO). They conducted a  “Capacity Building Workshop on Astronomy” in the Mohakash Bhaban on 3-4 October and participated in the Concluding Session of WSW-2011 on October 5, 2011. They were highly satisfied and later  UNOOSA  recognized Enayetpur as the  “ Space Village “ in the  world.

In 2006, he was nominated as a Member of “Space Education and Awareness Working Group (SEA WG)” of “Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum “ (APRSAF), an organization run by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Since then he has been attending the Annual Sessions of APRSAF in different countries in Asia Pacific region..

He participated “ International CanSat Workshop “ which was held  on  23-24 February, 2007  in Takeda Hall,  University of Tokyo , Japan. It was organized by  University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC). 

During the Celebration of  World Space Week on 4 October , 2007 , at  Enayetpur,  he introduced the  Water Rocket Launch Event commemorating 50th Anniversary of  Sputnik-1, the First Satellite which  was launched by Soviet Russia on 4 October, 1957. It was the First time in the History of Bangladesh, Water Rocket  was  launched by  developing its  Rocket and Launcher locally.

 

On 24 May, 2008, F. R  Sarker  had  participated in a Zero Gravity Flight on a Zero-G Plane of Space Adventures Inc.  from  McCarran International Airport,  Las Vegas,  Nevada, USA.  So far, he  is the First  and Only person in Bangladesh to participate in  a Zero Gravity Flight.

He  attended  APRSAF International Water Rocket Education Workshop held  in Victorian Space Science  Education Centre ( VSSEC), Melbourne, Australia on 30 June to 3 July , 2008 .Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)  had arranged this Workshop for offering training to the Educators  how to make and launch Water Rockets.

At  the end of 2008, he  was nominated as the Chair of Bangladesh Node by International Astronomical Union (IAU) for celebration of “International Year of Astronomy (IYA-2009)” and he had organized dozen of Programmes all over Bangladesh to celebrate this historic event.

He attended the Opening Ceremony of International Year of Astronomy (IYA-2009) which was held on 15-16 January, 2009 in UNESCO Head Quarters in Paris, France. 

He  also attended  “ Stars of Asia  Workshop “ organized by  National Astronomical Observatory, Japan (NAOJ) in its  Headquarters in Mitaka, Tokyo  on 11-13 May, 2009.  

He  played an important role for Observation of the Total Solar Eclipse on 22 July, 2009, in the stadium of  Panchagarh, a town situated  in northwest corner of Bangladesh. .

F R Sarker in collaboration with Debasis Sarker, General Secretary of North Bengal Sky Watchers Association, Shiliguri, India, arranged a historic Meeting between Astronomers of India and Bangladesh on 21 July, 2009 in  the Border between India and Bangladesh  near Pillar No. 433 , Latitude : 26 deg. 29.10 min. 11 Sec. and Longitude :   88 deg. 22.16 min. 09 sec. which lies west of Majhipara Border Out Post (BOP),  about 20 miles  north of Panchagarh.  This Meeting was arranged with the spirit of   “ Astronomers Without  Borders “  and without obtaining  formal permission from the Governments of India and Bangladesh.

During the 20th Session of  Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) held in Hanoi, Vietnam on 5 December, 2013,  he  was  given  “APRSAF AWARD”  for his outstanding contributions in the field of  Space activities.  Among the Delegates from  Asia-Pacific regions, only 3 persons were given this Award and he was one of them.

He used to publish for about 3  years, “Mohakash Songbad” (Space News), the first Space related Online Weekly Magazine in Bengali language.

He has also published  “ Souro Jagat “  ( Solar Systems) , a book on Astronomy.

His “Rater Akash”,  an Ephemeris  showing positions of the Constellations,  Stars, Planets, Moons etc used to publish in every month in daily Janakantha continuously for about 4  years.

He used  to  participate in  “ Anu-Parmanu”   ( Atom and Molecule)  ,a popular Science  Programme of  Bangladesh Television (BTV)  for  about  8  years.

He had the opportunity to meet Apollo -11 Mission  Astronauts  Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and  Michael Collins  during their visit to Dhaka in October, 1969. 

F. R. Sarker has visited:

NASA’s  Johnson Space Centre (JSC), Houston, USA .

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California ,USA.

Lunar and Planetary Institute  (LPI),   Houston, USA.   

United Nations Office  for  Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Vienna, Austria.

European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria.

JAXA’s Sagamihara Campus, Kanagawa, Japan.

Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), in Beijing, China.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), in Bangalore, India.

Indonesian Space Agency (LAPAN), in  Jakarta, Indonesia,

Space Technology Institute  (STI),  Hanoi, Vietnam,

Geo- Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), in Bangkok, Thailand.

Greenwich Observatory London, UK,  

Griffith  Observatory ,  Los Angeles, California , USA.

Palomar Observatory, San Diego,  California, USA,  

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mitaka, Tokyo,  Japan,  

Dr. Vainu Bappu Observatory, Kavalur, Tamil Nadu, India . etc.

He  has personally  organized  two important Space related Events in joint Collaboration with Foreign Organizations at his village, Enayetpur..

APRSAF Space Education Seminar, jointly organized by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),  United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  and  Bangladesh Astronomical Society (BAS),  in Dhaka and  at Enayetpur on 17-19 January, 2011.

A “ Capacity-Building Workshop on Astronomy “ with  “ Celebration of World Space Week “  on 3-5 October, 2011  at Enayetpur,  in joint Collaboration with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Bangladesh Astronomical Society (BAS).

Two of his Project Profiles have been implemented :

In 1996,  he had submitted a Project Profile to the Ministry of  Science & Technology ( MS&T) , Government of Bangladesh, for setting up a Planetarium in Dhaka  with a Dome having 23-M  diameter  which  was built up  and has  started operation  from  2004.  It  has been named as  “Bangabandhu Novotheatre “.  

In 2008, he had submitted a  Project Profile to Ministry of Science & Technology,  Government of Bangladesh for setting up a  Communications Satellite  with 12 C-band and 12  Ku-band Transponders. Ministry of Telecommunications undertook for  implementation of this Project  naming it as “Bangabandhu - 1 Satellite”  which was launched on 11  May, 2018  from  Kennedy Space Center,  Florida, USA  atop a Falcon-9  Launch Vehicle  .

In 2011, he had also submitted  a  Project Profile to the Ministry of Science & Technology (MS&T) to set up  “Bangladesh Space Agency “  for acceleration of  Space Education, Space Technologies  and its  Applications and to develop  and operate Satellites  by the Scientists, Engineers and  Technicians of Bangladesh,  which is remaining pending.

Professionally, F. R. Sarker  is a businessman. He obtained his MA in Political Science  from  the University of Dhaka in 1967.

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