Salman Khan (educator)
Khan speaking at a TED conference in 2011
|Native name||সালমান খান|
|Born||Salman Amin Khan
October 11, 1976
Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.
|Residence||Mountain View, California, U.S.|
|Ethnicity||Bengali / Indian people|
|Alma mater||MIT (BS, MS)
Harvard University (MBA)
Executive Director of Khan Academy,
Founder of Khan Lab School,
Board Member of Aspen Institute
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Parent(s)||Fakhrul Amin Khan
Salman Amin "Sal" Khan (born October 11, 1976) is an American teacher, entrepreneur, and a former hedge fund analyst. He is the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and a 501(c)(3) organization with which he has produced over 6,500 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, mainly focusing on mathematics and sciences.
As of October 13, 2015, the Khan Academy channel on YouTube has about 2,285,000 subscribers and the Khan Academy videos have been viewed more than 658 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 Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics, electrical engineering, and computer science in 1998, later getting his Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science. Khan was class president in his senior year.
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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 moved his tutorials to 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 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," he moved his focus to developing his YouTube channel, Khan Academy, full-time with the aid of close friend Josh Gefner. Khan consequently received sponsorship from Ann Doerr, the wife of John Doerr.
His videos received worldwide interest from both students and non-students, with more than 458 million views in the first number of years.
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 plans to extend the "free school" to cover topics such as English. Khan's videos are also used to educate rural areas of Africa and Asia. Citing his personal response: "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 education goals titled The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.
Khan Academy, initially a tool for students, added the Coach feature in 2012, promoting the connection of teachers with students through videos and monitor tools. With such online success, Khan has added 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, 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 Khan Academy to translate its core library into the world’s most widely spoken languages. Also near that time, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation provided Khan Academy with $1.5 million to help 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 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 with 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 the 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.
- On January 16, 2012, Khan was interviewed by Alison Beard, a senior editor at the Harvard Business Review, for their podcast HBR Ideacast where he spoke about the Online Learning Revolution.
- Khan was one of five individuals who recently won the prestigious 2014 Heinz Award. His award was in the area of "Human Condition." Khan was recognized for revolutionizing the way students can learn math, science and other subject areas.
- Beth Harris, John Green, and Hank Green are part of the Khan Academy community with him.
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