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Listed below are notable people who are either citizens of
Bangladesh, born in the region of what is now Bangladesh, or of Bangladeshi origin living abroad (such as British Bangladeshis or Bangladeshi Americans). For brevity, people who fall into more than one category are listed in only one of them. For further information, see Bangladeshi people.
Principals of Bengal's Independence Wars and Movements [ edit ]
British Colonial Period [ edit ]
Martyrs of the Bengali Language Movement 1952 [ edit ]
. Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani
, first Prime Minister of Bangladesh, War of Independence. Tajuddin Ahmed
Colonel-in-Chief , Commander-in-Chief, Muhammad Ataul Ghani Osmany Bangladesh Forces, War of Independence, 1971.(Later promoted to General) Major
, Declarer War of Independence of Bangladesh, 26th March 1971. Ziaur Rahman BDF Sector Commander Sector 1(April~May) and Central Sector - Sector 11 (June – October 10, 1971) and Z-Force Commander. Major
, Khaled Musharraf BDF Commander Sector 2, Commander K-Force Squadron Leader
, M. Hamidullah Khan Bangladesh Government Chief Representative - Chakulia (Bihar) Guerilla Trng. Camp, BDF Sub-sector commander - Mankarchar (Sector 11), BDF Commander - Sector 11 (November 2 – February 14, 1972) Major
Nazmul Huq, Commander Sector 7 (till August 1971) Major
M.A. Manzur, Commander Sector 8 Major
K.M Shafiullah, S Force Commander Major
Abu Taher, sub-sector commander - Mahendraganj (HQ 11), Interim Commander Sector 11 (October 10 – November 2, 1971)
Scientists, engineers and science educators [ edit ]
Fazlur Rahman Khan was a structural engineer and architect.
Mohammad Ataul Karim, Bangladeshi American scientist.
Muzharul Islam, first Bangladeshi architect.
Jawed Karim, co creater of YouTube and designed anti fraud system of PayPal.
Jagadish Chandra Bose was a Bengali polymath, physicist, botanist.
Khandkar Manwar Hossain, Statistician and founder of the Department of Statistics in Rajshahi University.
Azizul Haque, pioneered the mathematical formula for Henry Classification System of fingerprinting.
Saleemul Huq, awarded the Burtoni Award for contribution to climate change adaptation.
Abul Hussam, awarded the 2007 Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability
Aref Chowdhury, Bell Labs scientist and recipient of the MIT TR100 Award
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, Scientist and science writer
Jamal Nazrul Islam, physicist and mathematician.
Nizamuddin 'Leepu' Awila, car engineer
Abdullah Al Muti, scientist and science writer
M. A. Naser, Pioneer in engineering education in Bangladesh.
Amal Kumar Raychaudhuri, Physicis Raychaudhuri's equation.
Prafulla Chandra Roy, Pioneer in the field of pharmaceutical and chemical works (discovered mercurous nitrite)
Megh Nad Saha, Physicist: Produced the famous equation "Thermo-Ionization Equation" or the Saha Equation
Maqsudul Alam, Scientist and Professor, achieved Three milestones in genomics - sequencing the genomes of Papaya, Rubber plants and Jute.
SM Faruque, microbiologist and scientist, researcher on Vibrio cholerae which causes Cholera.
Salman Khan (educator), Founder of Khan Academy
A. K. M. Fazle Hussain is director of the Institute of Fluid Dynamics & Turbulence at the University of Houston
Amit Chakma, the tenth president of the University of Western Ontario
Khondkar Siddique-e-Rabbani, a biomedical physicist
Arts, culture, and literature [ edit ]
Abdul Hakim, medieval poet
Abul Kashem, architect and educationist
Ahmed Sofa, writer
Akhteruzzaman Elias, novelist and short story writer
Alaol, medieval poet
Abul Hussain, poet
Al Mahmud, poet
Arunabh Sarkar, poet
Begum Rokeya, writer
Bibi Russell, model and fashion designer
Hafiz Rashid Khan, poet
Hason Raja, mystic poet
Humayun Ahmed, novelist and former professor of Chemistry, Dhaka University
Humayun Azad, writer and former professor of Bengali, Dhaka University
Khondakar Ashraf Hossain, poet, essayist, translator and editor
Jahanara Imam, writer and activist
Kazi Nazrul Islam, national poet of Bangladesh
Lalon Shah, mystic poet
Manzoor Alam Beg, photographer and author
Muhammad Shahidullah, Bengali educationist, writer and linguist.
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, writer and educator
Munier Chowdhury, educator, dramatist and intellectual killed in 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh
Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane
Mazharul Islam, architect, political activist
Quamrul Hassan, artist
Rafiq Azad, Poet
Rashid Askari, writer, fictionist, columnist, and academic
Rudra Muhammad Shahidullah,poet
Shahidul Alam, photographer
Shahriyar Kabir, author and journalist
Shahidullah Kaiser, educator, novelist and intellectual killed in 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh
Shahabuddin Nagari, poet, writer and singer
Shoaib Gibran, poet, writer and academician
Shamsur Rahman, poet
Sikdar Aminul Haq, poet
Syed Jahangir, free-lance artist of Bangladesh
Syed Mujtaba Ali, Bengali author, academician, scholar and linguist.
SM Sultan, Painter
Tahmima Anam, novelist and winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
Zainul Abedin, painter
Zillur Rahman John, mime and pantomime artist
Music, film and television [ edit ]
Abdur Razzak, actor, director
Afshan Azad - Actress, cast member of the movie series of Harry Potter
Asaduzzaman Noor, actor, politician and member of parliament
Azam Khan, singer
Ayub Bachchu Singer & Guitarist
Bobita, film actress
Humayun Faridi, TV, stage, and film actor
Khan Ataur Rahman,film director
Konnie Huq, UK television presenter
Manna, film actor
Montazur Rahman Akbar, film director, producer
Mosharraf Karim, actor.
Minhazur Rahman Nayan, film actor, writer, director, producer
Mumzy Stranger Singer/Producer/Dancer/Rapper
Mrinal Sen, film director
Nina Hossain - UK News presenter
Rezaur Rahman, producer of the television program "Ain Adalat", Barrister & Solicitor, Human Rights Activists.
Ritwik Ghatak, film director
Runa Laila, singer
Ron Mustafaa, Hollywood TV actor, most recently on MTV Skins
Sabina Yasmin, singer
Shakib Khan, film actor
Shabnam, film actress
Shahnaz Rahmatullah, singer
Shefali Chowdhury, She plays Harry Potter's Yule Ball date in Goblet of Fire
Shomi Patwary, designer and director
Suchitra Sen, famous Bengali Actress
Sumita Devi, film and television actress
Tanvir Mokammel, film director
Tareque Masud, film director
Tasmin Lucia Khan - Entertainment and news presenter for the BBC
Waheedul Haq, Tagore song specialist and Journalist.
Zahir Raihan, film director.
Zahid Hasan, actor and director.
Economists [ edit ]
Entrepreneurs [ edit ]
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder & Chairperson of the world's largest international development NGO, BRAC.
Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, and the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Kali P. Chaudhuri, Orthopedic Surgeon and founder of the business conglomerate " the KPC Group." Kali P. Chaudhuri founded KPC Medical College & Hospital, Jadavpur, which is the first private medical school in West Bengal [1 ] [2 ]
Samson H. Chowdhury was Chairman of Astras Ltd. and Square (Bangladesh). [3 ]
Jawed Karim, co-founder of YouTube
Iqbal Quadir, co-founder of GrameenPhone
Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, chairman of the business conglomerate " Bashundhara Group". [4 ]
Syed Manzur Elahi, founder of Apex Group [5 ]
Abdul Awal Mintoo, former president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI).
Media and journalism [ edit ]
Mainul Hosein, Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Daily Ittefaq
Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury, Editor of the Weekly Prekkhit, Former Adviser to the President of Bangladesh and Minister of State and President of Overseas Correspondents' Association Bangladesh (OCAB).
Mahfuz Anam, Editor of the Daily Star.
Matiur Rahman, Editor of Daily Prothom Alo, winner of Ramon Magsaysay Award for journalism.
Kazi Shamsul Hoque, Journalist
Lenin Gani, Journalist, winner of the Best Sports Report in 2001 by Dhaka Reporters Unity
Mahbub Jamal Zahedi, former Editor of the Khaleej Times, assistant-editor of Dawn, and founder-editor of The Agatya.
Salah Choudhury, Writer, peace activist and journalist
Shykh Seraj, Director of News Channel i, Agriculture Development Activist, Winner of FAO A.H. Boerma Award, Ekushey Padak, etc.
Political figures [ edit ]
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
A. K. Fazlul Huq, Chief Minister of East Bengal, Governor of East Pakistan
Nawab Sir Khwaja Salimullah - Was first to propose the creation of the All India Muslim League
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1956 until 1957; founder of Awami League
Khawaja Nazimuddin, second Governor-General of Pakistan, and the second Prime Minister of Pakistan
Muhammad Ali Bogra, Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1953 until 1955
Tajuddin Ahmed, first Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Maulana Bhashani, politician of 1970s
Ziaur Rahman, president 1977–1981, founder of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
Hussain Mohammed Ershad, CMLA & later President from 1982 to 1991; Leader of Jatiya Party
Begum Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister, 1991–1996; 2001–2006
Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister, 1996–2001, 2009–present
Shahabuddin Ahmed, former president.
A.Q.M. Badruddoza Chowdhury, former President; Leader of Bikalpa Dhara
Hamidul Huq Choudhury, Foreign Minister of Pakistan from 1954 until 1956.
Altaf Husain, minister of Commerce and Industry of Pakistan from 1965 to 1968.
A.B.M. Mohiuddin Chowdhury- Member of the Chowdhury Family
Abdus Samad Azad, former Foreign Minister 1996–2001
Ghulam Azam, Islamist politician, former leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, accused for war crime for his role in 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War
Fazlul Qadir Chaudhry- Acting President of Pakistan, Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, President of Muslim league, accused for war crime for his role in 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury- former Minister, accused for war crime for his role in 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, son of Fazlul Qadir Chaudhry
Morshed Khan, former Foreign Minister
Mirza Ghulam Hafiz
Shah Azizur Rahman
Saber Hossain Chowdhury
Tareq Rahman, Senior vice president of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), son of Begum Khaleda Zia and Ziaur Rahman
Heads of Government [ edit ]
A. K. Fazlul Huq, presented the Lahore Resolution of 1940 that established Muslim League's demand for a homeland for Muslims, Pakistan
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1956 until 1957; founder of Awami League
Tajuddin Ahmed, (by Appointment and Oath) Prime Minister, 1971–1972
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Chairman of the Awami League 1966–1974 and Prime Minister 72~74, Chairman of BAKSAL and President January 1975– August 15th 1975
Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad, President, August 15, 1975 – November 3, 1975
Ziaur Rahman, Chief Martial Law Administrator (CMLA) (under National State of Emergency) (November 7, 1975 – 1977) & President, 1977–1981 (Assassinated May 30th)
Hussain Mohammed Ershad, by (India supported Military Coup) Chief Martial Law Administrator (CMLA) 1982–1985 and self declared President (1985–1990 December 6)
Begum Khaleda Zia, (elected) Prime Minister; 1991–1996, 1996-1996 & 2001–2006
Sheikh Hasina; (elected) Prime Minister, 1996–2001, 2009–13
Intellectuals [ edit ]
A.F.Salahuddin Ahmed, historian
Rehman Sobhan, economist Dr.
Kamal Hossain, lawyer and politician, civil-rights activist
Muzaffar Ahmed, economist
Nasreen Pervin Huq, women's rights activist
Sardar Fazlul Karim
Panna Kaiser, author, novelist, member of parliament, wife of Shahidullah Kaiser
Roquia Sakhawat Hussain, prolific writer, feminist, social worker Prof.
Syed Modasser Ali, ophthalmologist
M S Khan, librarian and pioneer of library science in Bangladesh
Government Officials and Diplomats [ edit ]
Akbar Ali Khan, Bangladeshi economic historian and educationist who was a civil servant until 2001, Finance Ministry Adviser (Minister) of Caretaker government of Bangladesh.
Ayub Quadri, retired bureaucrat was an adviser for the ministries of Education and Cultural Affairs to Caretaker government of Bangladesh.
A. H. M. Moniruzzaman a career diplomat belonging to the Bangladesh Foreign Service, was the head of Bangladesh Mission to the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, senior lecturer at the Monash University, a political economist and social scientist and a bureaucrat from Bangladesh.
Anwar Chowdhury, British High Commissioner to Dhaka, first non-White Briton to hold a senior diplomatic post.
Noted diplomats/heads of major organizations [ edit ]
Religious personalities [ edit ]
Sportspeople [ edit ]
Cricket [ edit ]
Swimming [ edit ]
Brojen Das - Swimmer: first Asian to swim across the English Channel and the first person to cross it four times
Table Tennis [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]