A short biography of
He was a teacher at the National School in Taungdwingyi and the eldest brother of Aung San. He was also the headmaster at the National School in Phyu from 1941 to 1942
U Ba Win
MINISTER OF TRADE
The older brother of Aung San, U Ba Win grew up with his eight siblings in Natmauk, Magwe. Regular education was afforded to him and his brothers at the local monastery or “kyaung”. However, he showed academic excellence and was sent to continue his education at U Sundara’s High School. Having learned English well, he joined the British Oil Corporation as a clerk. However, he still has to finish 10th standard and matriculate, to which he was able to accomplish in 1924 and with three distinctions as well. U Ba Win was able to continue college level studies when the Mandalay Intermediate College opened to which he sat and obtained an honours degree in mathematics.
His career as an academic was interrupted with the coming of the Second World War. He was pushed to do civil service starting with being the vice chairman of administration of Natmauk in 1943. With the end of the Japanese Occupation, U Ba Win opened a private school. But with the political changes blowing all over the country and with his younger brother, Aung San, leading it all, U Ba Win’s academic career will eventually be changed to a full-on career in civil service. U Ba Win was offered and he accepted the position of Minister of Supply and Transport for the Interim Government led by his brother. Unknowingly, he will perish beside his brother and other cabinet minister on the uneventful day of 19 July 1947.