Humayun Ahmed was a leading Bangladeshi writer, and the most prolific among his contemporaries. His phenomenal success is attributed to his ability to tell stories of contemporary Bengali men and women in simple and unostentatious language, portraying them with spellbinding intimacy. Although his characters belong to a broad spectrum of society, Humayun is at his best while depicting the Bengali middle class. His first novel, Sankhanil Karagar, published in 1972, caused a great stir among readers and the literary circles in Bangladesh. Since then, he has published more than a hundred novels. Many of his novels have been adapted successfully for television serials and plays. Ahmed did his Masters in Chemistry at Dhaka University and obtained his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from North Dakota State University. He is a former Associate Professor of Dhaka University and an honorary fellow in writing at the University of Iowa. Lately Humayun Ahmed has turned his attention to film making. His film, Aguner Parasaman, won the National Film Award in eight categories. Another film Sraban Megher Din also enjoyed critical and popular success.
Among other prestigious awards, Humayun is the winner of Bangla Academy Award (1981), and the Ekushey Padak (1994), National Film Award (Best story 1993, Best film 1994, Best dialogue 1994).