Riaz Ahsan

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Riaz Ahsan
Born 1951, December 25
Karachi, Sindh province, Pakistan
Died November 8, 2008(2008-11-08) (aged 56)
Karachi, Pakistan
Residence Karachi, Sindh.
Nationality Pakistan
Citizenship Pakistani
Alma mater University of Karachi
Adamjee Government Science College
Known for Statistical randomness and Mathematical finance
Scientific career
Fields Statistics and Mathematics
Institutions Karachi University
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Saint Patrick's College, Karachi
Government Degree Science College
Doctoral advisor Dr. Muhammad ali Sadiq
He is the eldest son of professor Syed Zaheer Ahsan who was also professor of Geography at Karachi University.

Dr. Prof. Riaz Ahsan (25 December 1951 – 8 September 2008) was a Pakistani statistician and mathematician who has worked in applied statistics, applied analysis, applications of special functions. He was a noted professor of applied statistics in University of Karachi, Karachi.[1] Previously, he has served as the president of Sindh Professors and Lecturers’ Association (SPLA).[2] Prof. Riaz Ahsan was born on 25 December 1951 and he died on 8 September 2008.[3]

Education and career[edit]

Born in Karachi, Ahsan had his initial education at the BYJ School, Karachi, and completed his intermediate from Adamjee Government Science College, Karachi. He received his B.Sc. (Hons) in Statistics and Mathematics. He did his M.Sc with distinctions in Statistics and M.A. in Mathematics with honors from Karachi University. Later, he received his double Ph.D. in applied statistics and applied mathematics from the same alma mater in 1974.

Academic career[edit]

In 1975, he started his career from DJ Science College, Karachi. He also served as the president of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) that works for the betterment of professors and lecturers in the province of Sindh. In 1982, he went to Nigeria on deputation and taught statistics and mathematics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Upon his return continued as a teacher at the Government Degree Science College, Karachi, from where he was later transferred to Saint Patrick's College, Karachi.[4] In early 1990s, Ahsan joined Karachi University as a full professor of statistics and mathematics and continued his career till his death.


Dr. Ahsan was diagnosed with cancer in one of his legs in 2004 and was on medication since then. He recovered for a while and participated in many campaigns launched by the SPLA and fell ill again in 2008, never to recover. Registrar Prof. Raees Alvi paid him the following tribute: “He was a wise man who always guided teachers in the right direction. He always searched for development and never had any prejudice. He always worked for the promotion of merit. This great man always fought for the rights of teachers and I would call it an irreparable loss for all of us.”

"The void he left behind can never be filled. It is a huge loss for SPLA and we would never get a personality like him in future". SPLA Senior Vice-President Manzoor Hussain Chishti said.


His father, Professor Syed Zaheer Ahsan, was a professor of Geography at Karachi University.[5]


  1. ^ http://news.newsupdate.pk/?2008/9/9+396508[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Our Staff Reporter (September 12, 2008), "Prof. Ahsan Remembered", Dawn News 
  3. ^ The News, Karachi
  4. ^ Baloch, Farooq (September 9, 2008), "Prof. Riaz Ahsan passes away", The News International 
  5. ^ http://www.dinnews.tv/dinnews/national/prof_riaz_ahsan_passes_away-7348.aspx[permanent dead link]

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