Sufia Ahmed

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Sufia Ahmed
সুফিয়া আহমেদ
Sufia Ahmed.jpeg
Born(1932-11-20)20 November 1932
Died9 April 2020(2020-04-09) (aged 87)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma mater
(m. 1955; died 2003)
AwardsEkushey Padak

Sufia Ahmed (née Ibrahim; 20 November 1932 – 9 April 2020)[1][2] was a Bangladeshi academician. She was selected as the first female National Professor of Bangladesh in January 1995. She was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2002 by the Government of Bangladesh.[3]


Ahmed was born in the Faridpur District to M Ibrahim, a justice and former vice-chancellor of the University of Dhaka and Lutfunnessa Ibrahim.[3][4] She was a student of Brojomohun College in Barisal. In 1950, she got admitted to the University of Dhaka (DU). She was one of the female forerunners to break section 144 and deny the curfew in DU Campus on February 21, 1952.[5] She earned her Ph.D. degree in 1960 in London.[3]

Ahmed joined as a faculty member at the Department of Islamic History and Culture of the University of Dhaka in 1961.[3] She was a visiting professor of Bosphorus University in Istanbul and Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[3]

Ahmed served as a member of board of the directors of Bangladesh Bank.[6] She was the president of Bangladesh Itihas Parishad.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Ahmed married Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed in June 1955. Together they had a son, Syed Refaat Ahmed, a judge of the Bangladesh Supreme Court and a daughter, Raina Ahmed, a physician.[8]

On July 18, 2004, Sufia Ahmed established a trust fund titled "Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Memorial Foundation" at the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.[9]

Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Tasneem Raina Fateh, the two worthy children of Sufia Ahmed, established a trust fund titled "National Professor Dr. Sufia Ahmed Memorial Foundation" on November 20, 2020 at the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.[10]



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  2. ^ "National Professor Sufia Ahmed no more". The Daily Star. April 9, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e Sheikh Rafiq (February 7, 2010). জাতীয় অধ্যাপক সুফিয়া আহমেদঃ অন্যতম ভাষা সৈনিক. Biplobider Kotha (in Bengali). Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ Mustafa Kamal (July 12, 2008). "Ishtiaq: An extraordinary legal mind". The Daily Star. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  5. ^ Audity Falguni (February 26, 2010). "His-story vs Her-story". The Daily Star. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "DR SUFIA AHMED". The Daily Star. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Preserve real history for new generation". The Daily Star. June 14, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "In memorium : Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed". The Daily Star. July 21, 2003. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  9. ^ "Barrister Ishtiaqmemorial foundation established". The Daily Star. 22 July 2004. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  10. ^ "National Professor Dr. Sufia Ahmed Memorial Foundation". Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  11. ^ "Eight women get Sufia Kamal Award". The Daily Star. June 21, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2016.