Salman Khan (educator)
Khan speaking at a TED conference in 2011
October 11, 1976 |
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Residence||Mountain View, California, U.S.|
|Other names||Sal, Sally Khan, S.A. Khan, Sal Khan|
|Alma mater||MIT (BS, BS, MS)
Harvard University (MBA)
Executive Director of Khan Academy
Salman Amin "Sal" Khan is a Bangladeshi American educator, entrepreneur, and former hedge fund analyst. He is the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organization. From a small office in his home, Khan has produced more than 4,800 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, mainly focusing on mathematics and the sciences.
As of April 2014, the Khan Academy channel on YouTube attracted 1,732,280 subscribers and the Khan Academy videos have been viewed over 416 million times. In 2012, Time named Salman Khan in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Forbes magazine featured Khan on its cover with the story "$1 Trillion Opportunity."
Early life and education
Khan attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with a BS in mathematics, a BS in electrical engineering and computer science, and an MS in electrical engineering and computer science in 1998. Khan was class president in his senior year.
In late 2003, Khan began tutoring his cousin, Nadia, in mathematics over the internet using Yahoo!'s Doodle notepad. When other relatives and friends sought his tutoring, he decided it would be more practical and beneficial to distribute the tutorials on YouTube where he created an account on 16 November 2006.
The popularity of his educational videos on the video-sharing website and the testimonials of appreciative students prompted Khan to quit his job as a financial analyst in late 2009, after consulting his wife, telling her it was the "highest social return that one could ever get", and her seeing his enthusiasm and enjoyment from the Khan Academy experiment, to focus on developing his YouTube channel, Khan Academy, full-time with the aid of his long-time friend Josh Gefner. In addition to this, Khan received sponsorship from Ann Doerr, the wife of John Doerr.
His videos received more than 355 million views in just a few years. Students from around the world have been attracted to Khan's concise, practical, and relaxed teaching method.
Khan outlined his mission as to "accelerate learning for students of all ages. With this in mind, we want to share our content with whoever may find it useful." Khan also plans to extend his "free school" to cover topics such as English. Programs are being undertaken to use Khan's videos to teach those in isolated areas of Africa and Asia. He delineated his motives: "With so little effort on my own part, I can empower an unlimited amount of people for all time. I can't imagine a better use of my time."
Khan published a book about Khan Academy and his goals for education called The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.
Khan Academy, while providing help for students in need over the Internet, has begun to see a rise in usage in classrooms across the United States, too. The "teacher" and "student" functions, added in 2012, allow teachers to connect with students using the program and monitor their progress. However, Khan acknowledges the value of a formal education, adding that "Someone who wants to become an engineer or a doctor cannot ignore the current education system. They have to show up there and take exams."
- Salman Khan has been featured on the The Colbert Report, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and National Public Radio. In 2009, the Khan Academy received the Microsoft Tech Award for education. In September 2010, Google provided $2 million to support the creation of more courses and to enable the Khan Academy to translate its core library into the world’s most widely spoken languages, near the same time, Bill and Melinda Gates foundation provided the Khan Academy with $1.5 million to help the Khan Academy to grow as an organization. In October 2010, Khan was tied for #34 in Fortune's annual "40 under 40", a list recognizing business's hottest rising stars.
- In March 2011, Salman Khan was invited to speak at TED by Bill Gates who says he uses the Khan Academy Exercise Software to teach his own children.
- On April 15, 2011, Salman Khan was interviewed by LinkedIn CEO, Jeff Weiner.
- On June 2, 2011, Salman Khan appeared on The Colbert Report to talk in an interview about his teachings. He told the audience how he planned to use his software to revolutionize the field of education.
- Khan has also been interviewed by journalist Charlie Rose, appearing on Charlie Rose on May 4, 2011, and by news anchor Tom Brokaw.
- Salman Khan appeared at Stanford Graduate School of Business on February 21, 2012.
- On March 6, 2012, Salman Khan appeared at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Khan spoke at Bellarmine College Prep during TEDxSanJoseCA about the importance of education and the founding of Khan Academy. Khan was also the commencement speaker for Rice University's commencement exercises on May 12, 2012 as well as MIT's commencement on June 8, 2012.
- Salman Khan appeared at the AtGoogleTalks with Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt in 2012.
- Salman Khan has been interviewed by Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson at The Aspen Institute, fall of 2012. On August 3, 2013 Khan was interviewed Henry Paulson at The Aspen Institute for the 20th Annual Summer Celebration.
- Salman Khan has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), National Public Radio, CNN, and CNN Money.
- Salman Khan was featured as a "Big Thinker" on Edutopia discussing flip teaching.
- Salman Khan was interviewed by journalist Charlie Rose, appearing on Charlie Rose for the second time on February 26, 2013.
- Salman Khan appeared at the Adobe Digital Marketing Summit 2013 on March 7, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
- On March 21, 2013, Khan was presented the 2013 Posey Leadership Award at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science by Austin College (located in Sherman, Texas). Earlier that day, on a campus convocation featuring a lecture presented by Khan was given to the Austin College community. Khan also visited various student groups around campus.
- Khan has been interviewed by MIT's president, Rafael Reif, appearing at MIT on 8 May 2013.
- Khan spoke at the University of New Orleans in New Orleans on May 20, 2013.
Khan lives with his wife, Umaima Marvi, a medical specialist in rheumatology and internal medicine, and with their son, Huzaifa Khan, and daughter, Manahil Khan in Mountain View, California.
Marvi herself is also a graduate of MIT, in 2001. She earned an M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2005, then undertook her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and her fellowship in rheumatology at Stanford University. Khan met Marvi while he was completing his MBA at Harvard and she was completing her medical education.
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