Universiti Sains Malaysia
Tan Sri Razali Ismail was born on 14 April 1939 in Alor Setar, Kedah. He received his education at Sultan Abdul Hamid College (SAHC) and completed his studies in 1956. Then he continued his education at the Malay College, Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) for two years. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) from the University of Malaya.
He was mainly involved with the United Nations (UN), becoming Malaysia's Permanent Representative to the UN after Tun Dr Ismail passed away. He was also involved in many societies and professional bodies in Malaysia and overseas. He was a member of the National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC) and assisted the local universities (UPM and UKM).
He was bestowed with the J.S.M by the Federal Government in 1978, D.S.D.K by the State Government of Kedah which carries the title Dato' in 1985, and the P.S.M by the Federal Government which carries the title Tan Sri in 1991.