Syed Ali Ashraf was born in 1925 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was a student English literature. He completed his masters degree from the University of Dhaka. He obtained PhD degree in English literature from Cambridge. He worked as a professor in the University of Dhaka, Karachi University, Harvard University and King Abdul Aziz University, Makkah. He was the head of English Department in Karachi University and founder of Darus Salam University. He wrote a few books. He died in 1998 in Bangladesh.