Economist

Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus

Born:

Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist, and civil society leader born on 28 June 1940, In British India.

Family Background:

He is the son of Haji Dula Mia Shoudagar and Sufia Khatun. His father was a successful goldsmith while his mother was a kind lady who always helped the poor. Five of his siblings who had died in infancy.

Personal Life:

In 1970, He married Russian literature Vera Forostenko. They had one daughter together and divorced soon after her birth. Later He married Afrozi Yunus. They have one daughter in 1986.

Education:

As a child He had attended the village school, Later moving to Lamabazar Primary School, Chittagong. He had cleared his matriculation examination from Chittagong Collegiate School. Later He had attended Chittagong College Where He had actively played in cultural activities. He later joined Dhaka University and had completed his B.A and M.A.

Career:

He had worked as Assistant Professor of Economics at Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee from 1969 to 1972. Upon his return to Bangladesh, He had been appointed as the Deputy Chief of the General Economics Division in the Government’s Planning Commission in July 1972. However, He had found the job boring and resigned in a few months in September, The same year. He had joined the Chittagong University as Associate Professor of Economics, and later became Head of the Department of Economics. In 1975, He had been made Director of the Rural Economics Programme, a role which He had held till 1989. While working at the Chittagong University, He had also begun his work on founding the Grameen Bank. In 1976, He had individually started presenting tiny amounts to the poor, and in 1983, what had begun as a pilot project began working as a full-fledged bank, the Grameen bank with Yunus as the Managing Director.

Muhammad Yunus

Unknown Facts:

  • He nevermore responds when a beggar holds out his or her hand for money.
  • He had studied at Dhaka University in Bangladesh.
  • He is the first Bangladeshi who have won the Nobel Prize.

Master Stroke:

  • In Houston, Texas, 14 January has been declared as “Muhammad Yunus Day” in his honor.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1984, He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
  • In 1987, He had honored with “The Independence Day Award”.
  • In 1993, He received the Humanitarian Award by CARE.
  • In 1994, He had been awarded World Food Prize in 1994 by World Food Prize Foundation.

What can we learn from Him??

Like Muhammad Yunus, Dreaming Big, and focus on your goal and work hard to complete your goal.

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