Akhlaq Ur Rehman Kidwai (1 July 1921 – 24 August 2016) was an Indian chemist and politician. He served as governor of the states of Bihar, West Bengal and Haryana. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament, from 1999 to 2004. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award.
Akhlaq Ur Rehman Kidwai
|13th Governor of Haryana|
7 July 2004 – 27 July 2009
|Chief Minister||Om Prakash Chautala|
Bhupinder Singh Hooda
|Preceded by||O.P. Verma|
|Succeeded by||Jagannath Pahadia|
|Governor of Rajasthan|
21 June 2007 – 6 September 2007
|Chief Minister||Vasundhara Raje|
|Preceded by||Pratibha Patil|
|Succeeded by||Shilendra Kumar Singh|
|20th Governor of West Bengal|
27 April 1998 – 18 May 1999
|Chief Minister||Jyoti Basu|
|Preceded by||K. V. Raghunatha Reddy|
|Succeeded by||Shyamal Kumar Sen|
|10th Governor of Bihar|
14 August 1993 – 26 April 1998
|Chief Minister||Lalu Prasad Yadav|
|Preceded by||Mohammad Shafi Qureshi|
|Succeeded by||Sunder Singh Bhandari|
20 September 1979 – 15 March 1985
|Chief Minister||Ram Sunder Das|
|Preceded by||Jagannath Kaushal|
|Succeeded by||Pendekanti Venkatasubbaiah|
|Born||1 July 1921|
Baragaon, Barabanki, United Provinces, British India
(now in Uttar Pradesh, India)
|Died||24 August 2016 (aged 95)|
New Delhi, India
|Spouse(s)||Jamila Kidwai (deceased)|
|Education||Jamia Millia Islamia |
University of Illinois
He was born in 1921 in Baragaon village of Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh to father, late Ashfaqur Rehman Kidwai and mother, late Nasim-un-nisa. He was married to the late Jamila Kidwai, and had six children, two sons and four daughters.
Dr. Kidwai started his professional career as the Professor and head of Department of Chemistry and Dean of Faculty of Science at Aligarh Muslim University, India. Kidwai then went on to become the Chairman of Union Public Service Commission-UPSC, Government of India from 1974 to 1977. He was Governor of Bihar twice, from 1979 to 1985 and 1993 to 1998 and Governor of West Bengal from 1998 to 1999.
Kidwai was a member of the Rajya Sabha from January 1999 to July 2004. He was the Governor of Haryana from 7 July 2004 to 27 July 2009. After Pratibha Patil's resignation as Governor of Rajasthan in June 2007, he was asked to take over that position as well, serving as Governor of the state until S. K. Singh took office on 6 September 2007.
In addition to his political career, he has been a champion for promoting research and development and elevating the status of women by education and self-reliance. He served as the chairman of the Institute of Marketing and Management, New Delhi and President of Vocational Education Society for Women.
Dr. Kidwai served as a member of the following national committees, organizations and institutions: