Salman Amin "Sal" Khan (born October 11, 1976) is a Bengali American educator, entrepreneur, and former hedge fund analyst. He is the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organization. From a small office in his home, Khan has produced over 3,500 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, mainly focusing on mathematics and the sciences. As of January 2013, the Khan Academy channel on YouTube attracted 530,000 subscribers. In 2012, Time named Salman Khan in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Forbes magazine put Salman Khan on its cover with the story "$1 Trillion Opportunity".
Early life and education
Salman Khan was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father is from Barisal, Bangladesh and mother was from Kolkata, India. He was raised by his mother in New Orleans, where she had a series of jobs and businesses. He went to public schools, where, as he recalls, "a few classmates were fresh out of jail and others were bound for top universities". Salman Khan holds four degrees: a BS in mathematics, a BS in electrical engineering and computer science, as well as an MS in computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is married to Umaima Marvi, who is a Pakistani American physician.
Salman Khan worked as a hedge fund analyst before quitting in late 2009.
Main article: Khan Academy
In late 2004, Khan began tutoring his cousin, Nadia, in mathematics over the internet using Yahoo!'s Doodle notepad. When other relatives and friends sought his tutoring, he decided it would be more practical and beneficial to distribute the tutorials on YouTube where he created an account on 16 November 2006. Their popularity on the video sharing website and the testimonials of appreciative students prompted Khan to quit his job as a hedge fund analyst in late 2009 to focus on developing his YouTube channel, Khan Academy, full-time with the aid of his long time friend Josh Gefner.
His videos received more than 200 million views in just a few years. Students from around the world have been attracted to Khan's concise, practical, and relaxed teaching method.
Khan outlined his mission as to "accelerate learning for students of all ages. With this in mind, we want to share our content with whoever may find it useful." Khan also plans to extend his "free school" to cover topics such as English. Programs are being undertaken to use Khan's videos to teach those in isolated areas of Africa and Asia. He delineated his motives: "With so little effort on my own part, I can empower an unlimited amount of people for all time. I can't imagine a better use of my time."
Khan published a book about Khan Academy and his goals for education called The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.
Salman Khan has been featured on the The Colbert Report, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and National Public Radio. In 2009, the Khan Academy received the Microsoft Tech Award for education. In 2010, Google provided $2 million to support the creation of more courses and to enable the Khan Academy to translate its core library into the world’s most widely spoken languages. In October 2010, Khan was tied for #34 in Fortune's annual "40 under 40", a list recognizing business's hottest rising stars. In March 2011, Salman Khan was invited to speak at TED by Bill Gates who says he uses the Khan Academy Exercise Software to teach his own children. In May 2011, Salman Khan appeared on The Colbert Report to talk in an interview about his teachings. He told the audience how he planned to use his software to revolutionize the field of education.
Khan has also been interviewed by journalist Charlie Rose, and news anchor Tom Brokaw.
Khan spoke at Bellarmine College Prep during TEDxSanJoseCA about the importance of education and the founding of Khan Academy. Khan was also the commencement speaker for Rice University's commencement exercises on May 12, 2012 as well as MIT's commencement on June 8, 2012.
He lives with his wife, Umaima Marvi, who is a medical specialist in rheumatology and internal medicine, with their son and daughter in Mountain View, California.
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