Born on April 01, 1928 in Chittagong. He achieved his Bachelor of Medicine degree in 1951 from Kolkata. Later, he received higher education from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom and the American College of Chest Physicians in the United States.
A specialist in medical science, Prof. Islam served as the Director and a Professor at the Institute of Postgraduate Medicine and Research (IPGMR), better known as PG Hospital in Dhaka, which was later renamed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), from 1965 to 1987.
He was also involved with different organizations, having established many of them. He was considered the pioneer of anti-tobacco movement in Bangladesh. He established the first national anti-tobacco organization ADHUNIK – Amra Dhumpan Nibaron Kori, or we prevent smoking – with the dream of creating a tobacco-free society.
Prof. Islam has to his credit over 100 publications on health and drugs in international journals and over 100 articles on anti-tobacco movement published in national and international dailies and journals. He also wrote over 27 books.
As an educationist, medical scientist, social worker, researcher and anti-tobacco leader, Prof. Islam received a plethora of awards for his contribution in medical science. He also received the national award– The Independence Day Award in 1997.