Altaf Hussain was born on July 1, 1948 in Sylhet, Bangladesh. After completing Fil. Dr. degree from Stockholm University, Sweden, in 1978 he joined at the Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka and since then he is serving Dhaka University. Professor Altaf Hussain has more than 45 publications in international and national journals.
Altaf Hussain obtained his B.Sc.(Hons.) in Chemistry & M.Sc. in Physical-Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1968 & 1969 respectively. He was also awarded Post Graduate Diploma in Chemistry in 1974 from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Dr. Altaf Hussain, a noted academician, during his colorful and successful career held different positions in the University of Dhaka. He worked as Dean (in-charge) Faculty of Science, Chairman (in-charge) Department of Chemistry, Provost (in-charge) and House Tutor, F. H. Hall, University of Dhaka. He served as Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka in 1987-93. He also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka in 1978 -87.
Dr. Altaf Hussain was research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He was visiting Professor at the Universities of Sweden, Germany, New Zealand. He held several post-doctoral positions at different universities of Europe. He was the Research Fellow at Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Stockholm & Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka in 1977 -78 and 1971 -73 respectively. Before joining as Research Fellow he worked as Lecturer at Shaheed Asad College, Shibpur, Dhaka in 1970 – 71.
Professor Altaf Hussain has been actively involved in many professional societies. He is President of Bangladesh Crystallographic Association (BCA). He is the Life Member of Bangladesh Chemical Society (BCS) and Member of Executive Committee (2007- 2009, 2010-2012) of BCS. He represents Bangladesh in the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr). He is also Council Member of Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA). He is General Secretary, Network of Instrument Technical personnel and User scientists of Bangladesh (NITUB). His parents Late Uman Uddin Ahmed and Late Lutfun Nessa are also eminent personalities. Professor Altaf Hussain participated and presented papers in international conferences in many countries of the World.