In the early part of 1972, a group of botanists met at the University of Dhaka to form an Association called the "Bangladesh Botanical Society" with Prof. A. M. Eunus of Rajshahi University as its first President and Dr. M. A. Hannan of Atomic Energy Centre, Dhaka, as the first Secretary General. The main objectives of the Society were promoting various branches of plant sciences, making the importance of plants sciences known to the general public by holding conferences, seminars and symposia, and safeguarding the interest of the plant scientists.
In the first meeting it was also decided to publish a half yearly journal to be known as "Bangladesh Journal of Botany". Prof. Ahmed Shamsul Islam of the University of Dhaka, became the first Chief Editor of the journal. The first volume of the journal was published in July 1972. Since then the Society is publishing regularly two issues of each volume every year. The articles published in the journal were abstracted in "Current Contents", “Biological Abstracts" and "Current Advances in Plant Sciences" since 1982. A Bengali journal named "Udvid Barta" to disseminate knowledge of plant sciences in Bengali was initiated in 1986.
Ten Bangladesh Botanical Conference/Conventions have been held to date.
The following is a list of the past Presidents and Secretary Generals :
|1972-73||Prof. A. M. Eunus||Dr. M. A. Hannan|
|1974-75||Dr. Quazi Akhtar Ahmed||Prof. A. K. M. Nurul Islam|
|1976-77||Dr. Syed Bazley Ali||Dr. Quazi Abdul Fattah|
|1978-80||Prof. Ashraful Haque||Dr. M. Akhtaruzzaman|
|1981-84||Dr. S. D. Chowdhury||Dr. Syed Hadiuzzaman|
|1985-86||Prof. A. K. M. Nurul Islam||Dr. Mohsin U. Patwary|
|1987-88||Prof. A. S. Islam||Dr. Mohsin U. Patwary|
|1989-90||Prof. Quazi Abdul Fattah||Prof. Iqbal Aziz Muttaqi|
|1991-92||Prof. Md. Abdul Aziz Khan||Dr. Abdul Aziz|
|1993-94||Prof. Md. Salar Khan||Prof. Abdul Aziz|
|1995-96||Prof. A. A. A. Muhsi||Dr. Nilufar Sadeque|
|1997-99||Prof. M. Akhtaruzzaman||Prof. A. K. M. Nazrul-Islam|
|2000-02||Prof. M. Arshad Ali||Prof. Md. Abul Bashar|
|2003-05||Prof. M. R. Khan||Prof. Nargis Jahan|
|2006-08||Prof. A.Z.M. Nowsher Ali Khan||Prof. Md. Abul Bashar|
|2009-11||Prof. Z.N. Tahmida Begum||Prof. Momtaz Begum|
|2012-14||UGC Prof. M. Mozammel Haque||Prof. M. Imdadul Hoque|
|2015-2017||Prof. Syed Hadiuzzaman||Prof. Sk. Shamimul Alam|
Internationally known Botanists like Dr. Norman E. Borlaug (Nobel Laureate), Prof. Arun Kumar Sharma D. Sc., President Indian Academy of Sciences and President Federation of Asian Academics and Societies and Dr. M. S. Swaminathan F. R. S., Director General, IRRI, Philippines were awarded Honorary Fellowships of the Society in the year 1979 and 1986, respectively.
Prof. Ahmad Shamsul Islam (1997), Prof. A.K.M. Nurul Islam (1997), Prof. Md. Salar Khan (2002), Prof. Quazi Abdul Fattah (2005), Prof. M. Akhtaruzzaman (2008) and Prof. M. R. Khan (2008) were awarded Honorary Fellowships of the Society.
Members of BBS who have donated to the Bangladesh Botanical Society Trust Fund are: 1. Dr. Mohsin U. Patwary 2. Dr. Z. N. Tahmida Begum 3. Prof. A. S. Islam 4. Dr. Iqbal Akhtar 5. Dr. Abdul Alim 5. Dr. Abdul Aziz
In addition the Society maintains Dr. Md. Abul Hassan Trust Fund donated by Professor Md. Abul Hassan.
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