Today marks the 7th death anniversary of Bangladeshi business pioneer Samson H. Chowdhury. He left his last breath on this day of 2012.
Dr E H Chowhdury`s son Samson H. Chowdhury was born on 25 September 1925 at Aruakandi in Gopalganj. Between 1930-40, he obtained secondary and senior Cambridge degrees from Bishnupur High School, Kolkata. He then received a diploma in management from Harvard University School.
After completing education in India, he returned to the then East Pakistan (Present Bangladesh) and settled at Ataikula village in Pabna district. His father was an outdoor dispensary medical officer. Because of his father`s profession, he grows an interest in medicine since his childhood. In 1952, he started a small pharmacy in Ataikula village. He got a license to set up a pharmaceutical factory in 1958. In collaboration of his three other friends, they managed to set a factory at Pabna at Tk 80,000 and named it Square Pharmaceuticals. When asked about the reason behind this name Chowdhury said, "We named it SQUARE because it was started by four friends and also because it signifies accuracy and perfection meaning quality".
The company established in 1958 currently employs 30 thousand employees. Not only the medicines, but the business of this industrial group has also expanded in the fields of cosmetics, textiles, clothing manufacture, agricultural products, information technology, healthcare and even in the media. He was the chairman of Maasranga, one of the leading private television channels of the country. Square Group was elected the best taxpayer by the National Board of Revenue in the year 2009-10.
In 2010, the government selected 42 people as commercially important persons (CIPs) due to their contribution in the national economy, including the establishment of industries in the private sector, production, employment generation, and increasing nation`s income. Samson H Chowdhury was one among them.
On his death anniversary, we remember this visionary personality with profound respect.