Find out more about the greatest Bangladeshis, including Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Muhammad Yunus and Muhammed Zafar Iqbal.

“Where man in all his truest glory lives, And nature's face is exquisitely sweet; For those fair climes I heave impatient sigh, There let me live and there let me die.” Mention Bangladesh and you will find your mind wandering off to the poignant verses of Michael Madhusudan Dutta or seeking solace in the soulful melodies of Kazi Nazrul Islam. That is what Bangladesh has always been— a cosmos of brave, exemplary, and exceptionally talented Bengalis. Sadly, the country has often been shunned down as a third world nation jostling to find its foot in the world. But to tell the truth, Bangladesh, despite its fairly short history, has managed to stamp its greatness and how? The home to the Royal Bengal Tiger and the largest mangrove forest in the world, Bangladesh has been the address to many eminent men and women like Jibananda Das, Taslima Nasrin, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Abdul Latif, Bimal Roy, Jagadish Chandra Bose and many more. Explore all about their lives in their timeline, trivia, and facts covered in their biographies below.
Sheikh Mujibur RahmanSheikh Mujibur Rahman
(First Prime Minister of Bangladesh)

17 March 1920

Sheikh HasinaSheikh Hasina
(Prime Minister of Bangladesh)

28 September 1947

Kazi Nazrul IslamKazi Nazrul Islam
(National Poet of Bangladesh)

24 May 1899

Muhammad YunusMuhammad Yunus

28 June 1940

Muhammed Zafar IqbalMuhammed Zafar Iqbal
(Author)

23 December 1952

Hussain Muhammad ErshadHussain Muhammad Ershad
(Former President of Bangladesh)

01 February 1930

Humayun AhmedHumayun Ahmed
(Writer, Filmmaker)

13 November 1948

Fazle Hasan AbedFazle Hasan Abed
(Social Worker)

27 April 1936

Iqbal QuadirIqbal Quadir
(Founder of Grameenphone)

13 August 1958

Subir ChowdhurySubir Chowdhury
(Author)

12 January 1967

Jewel AichJewel Aich
(Magician)

10 April 1950

Salah ChoudhurySalah Choudhury
(The editor of The Weekly Blitz)

12 January 1965

Shahabuddin NagariShahabuddin Nagari
(Poet)

06 October 1955

MannaManna
(actor)

06 December 1964

Shakib KhanShakib Khan
(Bangladeshi film actor)

28 March 1979

Khaleda ZiaKhaleda Zia
(Politician)

15 August 1945

ShabnamShabnam
(Actor)

17 August 1942

Taslima NasrinTaslima Nasrin
(Poet, Physician, Novelist, Essayist, Writer, Feminist)

25 August 1962

Ziaur RahmanZiaur Rahman
(Politician)

19 January 1936

Tamim IqbalTamim Iqbal
(Cricketer)

20 March 1989

Apu BiswasApu Biswas
(actor)

11 October 1983

Fazlur Rahman KhanFazlur Rahman Khan
(Civil engineer, Architect, Structural engineer)

03 April 1929

Mashrafe MortazaMashrafe Mortaza
(Cricketer)

05 October 1983

Sajeeb WazedSajeeb Wazed

27 July 1971

Mahiya MahiMahiya Mahi
(Actor)

27 October 1993

Mohammad AshrafulMohammad Ashraful
(Bangladeshi cricketer)

07 July 1984

PurnimaPurnima
(actor)

11 July 1981

Runa LailaRuna Laila
(Singer)

17 November 1952

Mushfiqur RahimMushfiqur Rahim
(Bangladeshi cricketer)

09 June 1987

Pritilata WaddedarPritilata Waddedar

05 May 1911

Ziaul Faruq ApurbaZiaul Faruq Apurba
(Bangladeshi model)

27 June 1981

Dino ShafeekDino Shafeek
(Comedian, Actor)

21 March 1930

LalonLalon
(poet)

1774 AD

Jibanananda DasJibanananda Das
(Poet, Writer)

17 February 1899

Mosharraf KarimMosharraf Karim
(Actor)

22 August 1972

Tarique RahmanTarique Rahman

20 November 1964

MoushumiMoushumi
(Actor, Model)

03 November 1973

Allauddin KhanAllauddin Khan
(musician, composer, music educator)

1862 AD

Arifin ShuvoArifin Shuvo
(Bangladeshi film actor)

02 February 1982

Leepu Nizamuddin AwliaLeepu Nizamuddin Awlia
(Coachbuilder, Engineer)

01 October 1968

Shah JalalShah Jalal
Delwar Hossain SayeediDelwar Hossain Sayeedi
(Bangladeshi Politician)

01 February 1940

Mustafizur RahmanMustafizur Rahman
(Bangladeshi cricketer)

06 September 1995

M. A. G. OsmaniM. A. G. Osmani

01 September 1918

Soumya SarkarSoumya Sarkar
(Bangladeshi cricketer)

25 February 1993

Liton DasLiton Das
(Bangladeshi cricketer)

13 October 1994

Ferdous AhmedFerdous Ahmed
(Bangladeshi film actor)

07 June 1973

ChallengerChallenger
(Bangladeshi television actor)

1959 AD

Sabbir RahmanSabbir Rahman
(Bangladeshi cricketer)

22 November 1991

Zillur RahmanZillur Rahman
(Former President of Bangladesh)

09 March 1929

Taskin AhmedTaskin Ahmed
(Bangladeshi cricketer)

03 April 1995

Ananta JalilAnanta Jalil
(film director, film producer, businessperson, actor)

17 April 1978

Irene KhanIrene Khan
(Lawyer)

24 December 1956

Iajuddin AhmedIajuddin Ahmed
(Former President of Bangladesh)

01 February 1931

Joya AhsanJoya Ahsan
(Actor)

01 July 1972

Thakur AnukulchandraThakur Anukulchandra

14 September 1888

Khaled MahmudKhaled Mahmud
(Bangladeshi cricketer)

26 July 1971

Ali Ahsan Mohammad MojaheedAli Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed
(politician)

1948 AD

Matiur RahmanMatiur Rahman
(Military pilot)

29 October 1941

Md. Abdul HamidMd. Abdul Hamid

01 January 1944