A.F. Salahuddin Ahmed
Salahuddin received his I.A. from Surendranath College, (formerly Ripon College), and B.A. (Hons.) in History from Presidency College (now Presidency University). He completed his first M.A. in History from Calcutta University, and then a second M.A. in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies of University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. in History from the University of London (1961).
Salahuddin came from a highly educated Bengali Muslim family. His father Abu Ahmed Faizul Mohi, paternal grandfather Moulvi Ahmed,one of the early Bengali Muslim high ranking administrators in British India, and maternal grandfather Azizul Haque,( who is credited to have a major contribution to the development of Henry Classification System of fingerprint method) were all students of renowned Presidency College, Calcutta. He was married to Hamida Khanom, who was one of the very few early Muslim graduates (I.A. and B.A.) from Bethune College Calcutta. She completed her M.A. from Calcutta University, and then a second B.A. (Hons.) from University College London. She retired as Principal of Home Economics College, Dhaka. Hamida, who recently died, provided support and inspiration to Salahuddin in his professional career throughout their long 60 years of married life.
Salahuddin started his teaching career in 1948 as a Lecturer at Jagannath College, Dhaka, Bangladesh, (at that time East Pakistan). Later, he was a Lecturer, Reader, and then Professor of History at Rajshahi University. He was also Professor of History at Jahangir Nagar University and Dhaka University, the job from which he retired in 1984. In 1963, Dr. Ahmed was invited by the American Historical Association as a Visiting Lecturer in South Asian History at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago. He was also UNESCO Cultural Fellow at Kyoto University, Japan in 1956. Dr. Ahmed was also associated with Independent University, Bangladesh as Professor of National Culture and Heritage, and served as the President of the National Association of Social Sciences of Bangladesh, and Chairman of the United Nations Association of Bangladesh. He has participated in many international conferences and seminars.
The following quote from the review of one of Professor Salahuddin Ahmed's book: Perspectives on History, Society and Politics published by Readers Service, Kolkata, 2001, aptly captures his views and reputation 
|“||"This is a compilation of articles written over last two decades by a renowned historian of Bangladesh, Professor A.F. Salahuddin Ahmed on topics relating to history, society, and politics of the Indo-Pakistan-Bangladesh subcontinent, which is now known as South Asia. The main contention of the author is this that despite political divisions which took place in 1947 the people of this vast region belong to "one indivisible civilization which is the product of over thousand years of historical development." It was due to the machinations of "certain vested interests, both indigenous and foreign" the common people had to pass through untold misery and suffering: and, these 'vested interests, even threatened their 'civilized existence.
Professor Ahmed is of the opinion that the destinies of the common people inhabiting this sub-continent 'are closely interlinked'. "They must", therefore, "learn to live together in peace which is essential for their development and progress." He made sincere efforts through these articles to promote greater awareness about the problems raised and to provoke "new thoughts concerning peace and understanding among the people of the three countries."
In 2004, Professor Salahuddin Ahmed in collaboration with Dr. Bazlul Momin Choudhury, published a comprehensive editorial volume on the history of Bangladesh, entitled Bangladesh:National Culture and Heritage: An Introductory Reader, which gives an overview of the land, society, culture and religions, and history of the peoples of Bangladesh.
Some other notable books  in English and Bengali written by Professor Salahuddin Ahmed are:
- Social ideas and social change in Bengal 1818-18-35
- Bangladesh Tradition and Transformation,Bengali Nationalism and the Emergence of Bangladesh
- Itihash O oitijjo Bangalir Sadhana O Bhangalir Muktijuddha
- Bangladesh Jatiyabad, Swadhinata, Gonotantro
He has also contributed many articles in professional journals.
Dr. Salahuddin Ahmed's interest and involvement in social service is reflected by his work for the Red Cross during the turbulent period of Partition of India, and his association with Radical Democratic Party founded by M.N.Roy.
- Ekushey Padak (1991).
- Bangladesh Sadhinota Padak (Independence Day Award), (1999).
- National Professor Appointed by the Government of Bangladesh, 2011
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- "Colors Of Bangladesh". Colors Of Bangladesh. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
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- "Absurdist Republic - M. N. Roy - The Radical Humanist". My.opera.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12.