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Humayun Ahmed, a native of Bangladesh, wore many hats during his lifetime. These include: filmmaker, screenwriter, playwright, author, teacher and dramatist. He was considered a cultural legend among native Bangladeshis. He was a man who followed his dreams, whether it was writing television plays or engaging young minds at the University of Dhaka. He was a large contributor to the world of fine arts and is often considered to be the Shakespeare of Bangladesh. During his time, he wrote more than 200 non-fiction and fiction books, all which were bestsellers in his homeland. Ahmed’s quirky characters, familiar content and simple language helped his fan base increase steadily. He wrote in a variety of different genres including suspense, romance, and paranormal thrillers. As Bangladesh’s best-selling author, he was idealized by men and women who grew up reading his books and watching his shows in the 1980s and 1990s. Although he was loved by most, he would often stir up controversy with his writings. In fact, Islamic preachers would often protest about the characters and what they stood for in his screen writings. Despite the large number of fans, the numerous awards, and becoming a household name, Ahmed was humble and did not consider himself to be a great writer.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Humayun Ahmed was born on November 13, 1948 in Mohongonj, Netrokona to Faizur Rahman Ahmed and Ayesha Foyez. He was the eldest of five children.

  • Humayun’s father, a police officer and writer, was killed in 1971 by the Pakistani military during the liberation war of Bangladesh.

  • Creativity ran in his family. His mother was a Bengali writer, while his younger brothers, Muhammed Zafar Iqbal and Ahsan Habib are writer and artists in their own right.

  • Due to his father’s official position as a police officer, Ahmed went to schools in a number of different places including Sylhet, Dinajpur and Bogra. In many of Ahmed’s writings, he tells memories of growing up and going to school in these different locations.

  • In 1965, he passed his Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examination in Bogra Zilla School and was listed as second in merit on the Rajshahi Education Board

  • In 1967, Ahmed passed his Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Examination from Dhaka College.

  • Ahmed earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors in Chemistry, followed by a Master of Science Degree with First Class distinction, from Dhaka University.

  • After graduation, Ahmed worked as lecturer professor at Bangladesh Agricultural University for six months before joining Dhaka College to teach Chemistry. Soon after, he went to the United States to earn his PhD in Polymer Chemistry from North Dakota State University.

  • After completing his PhD studies, Ahmed traveled back to Bangladesh and continued teaching at Dhaka University until he left teaching in the mid 1990s to work on his writing and film production.

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