Sal Khan

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Sal Khan
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Khan speaking at a TED conference in 2011
Salman Khan

(1976-10-11) October 11, 1976 (age 43)
Other namesSal
EducationGrace King High School
Alma mater
founder and CEO of Khan Academy,
founder of Khan Lab School,
board member of Aspen Institute
Spouse(s)Umaima Marvi

Salman Khan (born October 11, 1976) is an American educator who founded Khan Academy, a free online education platform and an organization with which he has produced over 6,500 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, originally focusing on mathematics and sciences.[2] He is also the founder of Khan Lab School, a brick-and-mortar school associated with Khan Academy.[3]

As of January 2020, the Khan Academy channel on YouTube has more than 5.53 million subscribers and the Khan Academy videos have been viewed more than 1.7 billion times.[4] In 2012, Time named Salman Khan in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.[5] In the same year, Forbes magazine featured Khan on its cover, with the story "$1 Trillion Opportunity."[6]

Early life and education

Salman Khan was born in Metairie, Louisiana, United States, to a Bengali family.[7] His father was from Barisal, Bangladesh, and his mother was from Murshidabad, India.[7][8] He attended the public school Grace King High School, where, as he recalls, "a few classmates were fresh out of jail and others were bound for top universities."[9] He graduated valedictorian in 1994.[10]

Khan attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), graduating with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Course 6 (electrical engineering and computer science), and another bachelor's degree in Course 18 (mathematics), in 1998.[11] He was class president in his senior year.[12]

Khan also holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.[13][14][15]


In 2002, Khan was a summer intern at PARC. From 2003 to late 2009, Khan worked as a hedge fund analyst at Connective Capital Management.[16][17][18]

Khan Academy

In late 2003, Khan began tutoring his cousin, Nadia, in mathematics over the internet using Yahoo!'s Doodle notepad.[19] When other relatives and friends sought his tutoring, he moved his tutorials to YouTube where he created an account on November 16, 2006.[20]

The popularity of his educational videos on the video-sharing website prompted Khan to quit his job as a financial analyst in late 2009.[21] He moved his focus to developing his YouTube channel, Khan Academy, full-time with the aid of close friend Josh Gefner.[16] Khan consequently received sponsorship from Ann Doerr, the wife of John Doerr.[22]

His videos received worldwide interest from both students and non-students, with more than 458 million views in the first number of years.[21]

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 plans to extend the "free school" to cover topics such as English. Khan's videos are also used to educate rural areas of Africa and Asia.[23]

Khan published a book about Khan Academy and education goals titled The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.[24]

Khan Academy, initially a tool for students, added the Coach feature in 2012, promoting the connection of teachers with students through videos and monitor tools.[21]

By 2018, Khan Academy's videos on YouTube had been viewed over 1.6 billion times.[4]

Khan believes that supplementing traditional classroom education with the technology being developed by his Academy can improve the effectiveness of teachers by freeing them from traditional lectures and giving them more time for instruction specific to individual students' needs.[25]

Stanford AI researcher Andrew Ng has named Khan as a huge inspiration for the founding of Coursera, one of the first Massive open online courses (MOOCs) platforms.[26]

Personal life

Khan is married to physician Umaima Marvi. The couple live with their children in Mountain View, California.[27][28][29]


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  2. ^ Number of videos, Khan Academy.
  3. ^ "'From YouTube Pioneer Sal Khan, A School with Real Classrooms". NPR.
  4. ^ a b "Khan Academy". Youtube. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Salman Khan – Time 100". Time. April 18, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  6. ^ "$1 Trillion Opportunity". Forbes.
  7. ^ a b "Salman Khan". Archived from the original on May 15, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  8. ^ Gear Views (July 11, 2015). "Salman Khan's message: about bangla Khan Academy". YouTube.
  9. ^ Sengupta, Somini (December 4, 2011). "Khan Academy Blends Its YouTube Approach With Classrooms". The New York Times. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  10. ^ Tan, Sarah (May 18, 2013). "Khan Academy founder returns home as big name in U.S. school reform". The Times Picayune. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  11. ^ Solomon, Ethan A. (December 6, 2011). "Sal Khan Is Commencement Speaker". The Tech.
  12. ^ "MIT's Next Commencement Speaker Sal Khan Compares His Alma Mater to Hogwarts". Wired Academic. December 7, 2011. Archived from the original on January 26, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  13. ^ Kaplan, David A. (August 24, 2010). "Innovation in Education: Bill Gates' favorite teacher". Money. CNN. Archived from the original on December 23, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  14. ^ "How Khan Academy Is Changing Education With Videos Made In A Closet – with Salman Khan". Mixergy. June 28, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  15. ^ "Sal Khan at Khan Academy". LinkedIn. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  16. ^ a b Kowarski, Ilana (June 6, 2010). "College 2.0: A Self-Appointed Teacher Runs a One-Man 'Academy' on YouTube – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education". Chronicle.
  17. ^ Colbert, Stephen (Host) (2011). The Colbert Report. Colbert Nation. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  18. ^ Khan, Sal. "Sal Khan". LinkedIn. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  19. ^ Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education. TED. 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  20. ^ "Khan academy". YouTube. November 16, 2006. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  21. ^ a b c Sen, Ashish Kumar (June 28, 2010). "Bookmark: The Prof Who Keeps His Shirt On". Outlook India.
  22. ^ Bower, Amanda (December 16, 2011). "Substitute teacher". The Australian.
  23. ^ Temple, James (December 14, 2009). "Salman Khan, math master of the Internet – SFGate". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  24. ^ Khan, Salman 'Sal' (2012). Talking about his new book. AirTalk (radio interview). Khan Adcademy. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  25. ^ Temple, James (December 14, 2009). "Salman Khan, math master of the Internet". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
  26. ^ Ng, Andrew. "Origins of the Modern MOOC" (PDF).
  27. ^ "Education 2.0: The Khan Academy". Dawn. April 26, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  28. ^ "Meet Sal Khan, Khan Academy". Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  29. ^ "Salman Khan – Educator". Biography. Retrieved August 28, 2015.

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