Humayun Ahmed was a Bangladeshi novelist, dramatist, screenwriter, filmmaker, songwriter, scholar, and professor. His breakthrough was his debut novel Nondito Noroke published in 1972. He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, many of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh.
Humayun Ahmed emerged as a powerful voice in the Bangladesh literary world in the early 1970’s, eventually becoming clearly the most popular writer in the country. He is one of the most popular Fiction writers in the country and a pioneer writer of modern Science Fiction. He was a consecutive short-story writer, novelist, and lyricist in Bangladesh.
He was well-known as a drama and film director in the Dhallywood film industry and more than two hundred books of his were published. Humayun’s several books were translated into various languages around the world, and included in the syllabus of colleges and universities.
- Full name: Humayun Ahmed
- Birth Date: 13 November 1948 (74 Years of 2023)
- Birth Place: Mohongonj, Netrokona
- Died: July 19, 2012
- Death Place: Bellevue Hospital, New York City
- Occupation: Writer, Professor
- Genres: Novel, Short-Story, Drama
- Nationality: Bangladeshi
- Alma mater: University of Dhaka
- Spouse(s): Gultekin (divorced), Sharon
- Religion: Islam
- Notable award: Ekushey Padak
Humayun Ahmed Early Life:
Nicknamed Kajol, the writer was born in Kutubpur village of Netrakona on 13 November 1948, to Fayzur Rahman Ahmed, a police officer, and Ayesha Fayzur. His father, who was also a writer, was murdered by the Pakistan occupation army during the Liberation War in 1971. Humayun had his Schooling in Sylhet, Comilla, Chittagong, Dinajpur, and Bogra due to his father’s postings in these towns.
He passed the Secondary School Certificate examination as a student of Bogra Zilla School. He completed HSC from Dhaka College in 1967. Then he enrolled at the University of Dhaka in Chemistry and received BSc (Honors) and MSc with First Class distinction. Bangladeshi two famous persons, Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, and Ahsan Habib are his brothers. He loves very much to live in Nuhash Palli, Gazipur.
Humayun Ahmed Career:
Humayun Ahmed started his career as a lecturer, and joined Bangladesh Agriculture University. After six months, he joined Dhaka University as a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry. Humayun retired as a Dhaka University teacher to devote himself to the mid-1990s for writing and making films and television dramas. His first film, Aguner Parashmoni, based on the Liberation War won the national film award in eight categories, including Best Picture and Best Director. Humayun won the Bangla Academy award in1981 and the Ekushey Padak in1994. His first award was Lekhak Shibir Prize in 1973. Himu and Misir Ali are the notable characters’ of Humayun Ahmed.
Humayun Ahmed Personal Life
Humayun Ahmed got married to Gultekin in 1973. Humayun divorced Gultekin in 2003 due to a love relation with Meher Afroz Shaon. Then he got married to a beautiful television actress, Shaon and he had two sons from the second marriage.
Humayun Ahmed Died:
Humayun Ahmed died on 19 July 2012 at Bellevue Hospital, New York City. He was buried at Nohash pally, Gazipur.
- 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 a 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 Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from North Dakota State University.
- After completing his Ph.D. 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.