New games! PlayTrivia andBirthle.


Syed Ahmad Khan

1817 - 1898

Photo of Syed Ahmad Khan

Icon of person Syed Ahmad Khan

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan KCSI (17 October 1817 – 27 March 1898; also Sayyid Ahmad Khan) was an Indian Muslim reformer, philosopher, and educationist in nineteenth-century British India. Though initially espousing Hindu–Muslim unity, he became the pioneer of Muslim nationalism in India and is widely credited as the father of the two-nation theory, which formed the basis of the Pakistan movement. Born into a family with strong debts to the Mughal court, Ahmad studied the Quran and Science within the court. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Syed Ahmad Khan has received more than 3,171,236 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Syed Ahmad Khan is the 93rd most popular social activist (down from 88th in 2019), the 104th most popular biography from India (down from 86th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Indian Social Activist.

Syed Ahmad Khan was a Muslim reformer who founded the Aligarh Muslim University. He was a proponent of Western education, and his work led to the founding of the Muslim University of Aligarh.

Memorability Metrics

  • 3.2M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 62.64

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 45

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.91

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.40

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Syed Ahmad Khans by language


Among social activists, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 93 out of 538Before him are Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad, Fra Dolcino, Augusto César Sandino, Antipope Clement III, Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, and René Cassin. After him are Pier Gerlofs Donia, Jenny von Westphalen, Louise Michel, Emilia Plater, An Jung-geun, and Susan B. Anthony.

Most Popular Social Activists in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1817, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 10Before him are Ivan Aivazovsky, Bahá'u'lláh, Louise of Hesse-Kassel, Charles-François Daubigny, Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen. After him are Princess Clémentine of Orléans, Niels Gade, Pierre Larousse, Theodor Storm, Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, and Maximilian de Beauharnais, 3rd Duke of Leuchtenberg. Among people deceased in 1898, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 18Before him are John Newlands, Charles Garnier, Aubrey Beardsley, Félicien Rops, Heungseon Daewongun, and Henry Bessemer. After him are William Ewart Gladstone, Eleanor Marx, Theodor Fontane, Edward Burne-Jones, Ferdinand Cohn, and Princess Maria Antonia of the Two Sicilies.

Others Born in 1817

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1898

Go to all Rankings

In India

Among people born in India, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 104 out of 1,493Before him are Razia Sultana (1205), Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835), Lawrence Durrell (1912), Maudgalyayana (-568), Bindusara (-320), and Radha (null). After him are Pete Best (1941), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924), Basava (1134), Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (1838), Engelbert Humperdinck (1936), and Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866).


Among social activists born in India, Syed Ahmad Khan ranks 6Before him are Mahatma Gandhi (1869), Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856), Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904), Kasturba Gandhi (1869), and Gerald Durrell (1925). After him are Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866), Vinoba Bhave (1895), Mangal Pandey (1827), Kittur Chennamma (1778), Kailash Satyarthi (1954), and Vandana Shiva (1952).