Bangladeshi

“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.

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 1 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Birthdate: March 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tungipara Upazila
Died: August 15, 1975
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina, is known as the "Father of the Nation" and “Bangabandhu" in Bangladesh. He was an Awami League leader and led the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. He was the first president of Bangladesh and later also served as the Bangladeshi PM.

 2 Fazlur Rahman Khan

Fazlur Rahman Khan
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Structural engineer
Birthdate: April 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Died: March 27, 1982

Fazlur Rahman Khan was a Bangladeshi-American architect and structural engineer. Regarded as the father of tubular designs, Khan is credited with designing several skyscrapers, including the Willis Tower and the John Hancock Center. Thanks to his ingenious use of structural systems, Khan is often referred to as the 20th century's greatest structural engineer and the Einstein of structural engineering.

 3 Sheikh Hasina

Sheikh Hasina
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Birthdate: September 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tungipara, Bangladesh

Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangladesh's first president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is the current prime minister of Bangladesh. The Awami League leader was also named to Forbes’s list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women and TIME 100, both in 2018, and is part of the Council of Women World Leaders.

 4 Bimal Roy

Bimal Roy
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: July 12, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Died: January 8, 1966

 5 Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus
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Birthdate: June 28, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chittagong
More like a messiah to the poor, Muhammad Yunus initially helped poverty-stricken weavers of Bangladesh with small loans and eventually set up the Grameen Bank. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning social entrepreneur serves several charities, too. He was eventually removed from Grameen Bank by the government, due to old age.

 6 Kazi Nazrul Islam

Kazi Nazrul Islam
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 24, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Churulia, India
Died: August 29, 1976

The Rebel Poet of Bengal Kazi Nazrul Islam is remembered for his vast body of literary work, including poems and songs written during the British Raj, mostly laced with socio-political overtones. His songs, known as Nazrul Geeti, are the staple for any Bengali household. He is also Bangladesh’s national poet.

 7 Khaleda Zia

Khaleda Zia
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dinajpur District, Bangladesh
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 8 Mushfiqur Rahim

Mushfiqur Rahim
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Bangladeshi cricketer
Birthdate: June 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bogra

 9 Tamim Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: March 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chittagong, Bangladesh

 10 Mashrafe Mortaza

Mashrafe Mortaza
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Narail District
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 11 Ziaur Rahman

Ziaur Rahman
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bogra, Bangladesh
Died: May 30, 1981

 12 Mustafizur Rahman

Mustafizur Rahman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Bangladeshi cricketer
Birthdate: September 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Satkhira District

 13 Humayun Ahmed

Humayun Ahmed
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Netrokona District, Bangladesh
Died: July 19, 2012

Bangladeshi novelist and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed boasted of a PhD in polymer chemistry and had even taught at the University of Dhaka. His mostly depicted the struggle of the middle-class through his works. His films such as Aguner Poroshmoni won him multiple National Film Awards. He died battling colon cancer.

 14 Md. Abdul Hamid

Md. Abdul Hamid
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mithamain Upazila

 15 Tahsan Rahman Khan

Tahsan Rahman Khan
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

 16 Mohammad Ashraful

Mohammad Ashraful
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Bangladeshi cricketer
Birthdate: July 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dhaka

 17 Shabnam

Shabnam
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

 18 Bidya Sinha Saha Mim

Bidya Sinha Saha Mim
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rajshahi, Bangladesh

 19 Afran Nisho

Afran Nisho
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: December 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tangail, Bangladesh

 20 Ziaul Faruq Apurba

Ziaul Faruq Apurba
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Famous As: Bangladeshi model
Birthdate: June 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dhaka

 21 Mosharraf Karim

Mosharraf Karim
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

 22 Liton Das

Liton Das
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Bangladeshi cricketer
Birthdate: October 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dinajpur

 23 Lalon

Lalon
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: poet
Birthdate: 1774 AD
Birthplace: Bengal Presidency
Died: October 17, 1890

 24 Leepu Nizamuddin Awlia

Leepu Nizamuddin Awlia
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Automotive designer
Birthdate: October 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

 25 Runa Laila

Runa Laila
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sylhet, Bangladesh

 26 Pritilata Waddedar

Pritilata Waddedar
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Birthdate: May 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chittagong
Died: September 23, 1932

 27 James

James
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naogaon, Bangladeshi

 28 Tarique Rahman

Tarique Rahman
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: East Pakistan

 29 Allauddin Khan

Allauddin Khan
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: musician, composer, music educator
Birthdate: 1862 AD
Birthplace: Brahmanbaria District
Died: September 6, 1972

 30 Riaz

Riaz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Faridpur District, Bangladeshi

 31 Manna

Manna
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Famous As: actor
Birthdate: December 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tangail
Died: February 17, 2008

 32 Shabnur

Shabnur
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jessore, Bangladesh

 33 Delwar Hossain Sayeedi

Delwar Hossain Sayeedi
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Bangladeshi Politician
Birthdate: February 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pirojpur District

 34 Abdur Razzak

Abdur Razzak
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Naktala, South Kolkata India
Died: August 21, 2017

 35 Chanchal Chowdhury

Chanchal Chowdhury
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pabna, Bangladesh

 36 Moushumi

Moushumi
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Khulna, Bangladesh

 37 Shah Jalal

Shah Jalal
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Konya
Died: 1347 AD

 38 Nusraat Faria

Nusraat Faria
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chattogram, Bangladesh

 39 M. A. Wazed Miah

M. A. Wazed Miah
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: February 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pirganj, Bangladeshi
Died: May 9, 2009

 40 Shayan Chowdhury Arnob

Shayan Chowdhury Arnob
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

 41 Shakib Khan

Shakib Khan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Narayanganj, Bangladesh

 42 Ayub Bachchu

Ayub Bachchu
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chattogram, Bangladesh
Died: October 18, 2018

 43 Joya Ahsan

Joya Ahsan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dhaka

 44 Jinnat Ali

Jinnat Ali
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Tallest Bangladesh
Birthdate: 1996 AD
Birthplace: Ramu Upazila, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Died: April 28, 2020

 45 Taslima Nasrin

Taslima Nasrin
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mymensingh, Bangladesh

 46 Fazle Hasan Abed

Fazle Hasan Abed
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Social Worker
Birthdate: April 27, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Habiganj

Fazle Hasan Abed was a Bangladeshi social worker credited with founding one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world, BRAC. For his significant contributions to social development, Abed was honored with many national and international awards, including the Laudato Si' Award and LEGO Prize. In 2014 and 2017, he was included in Fortune magazine's World's 50 Greatest Leaders list.

 47 Hero Alom

Hero Alom
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bogura, Bangladesh

 48 Nusrat Imrose Tisha

Nusrat Imrose Tisha
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rajshahi, Bangladesh

 49 Muhammed Zafar Iqbal

Muhammed Zafar Iqbal
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sylhet, Bangladesh

Muhammed Zafar Iqbal is a Bangladeshi author, physicist, activist, and academic. Iqbal is credited with introducing and popularizing science fiction novels and stories in the Bengali language. Over the years, he has won several prestigious literary awards, such as the Khalekdad Chowdhury Literary Award, Sheltech Literary Award, Uro Child Literary Award, and Md. Mudabber-Husne ara literary Award.

 50 Mahiya Mahi

Mahiya Mahi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 27, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rajshahi, Bangladesh