Frederick Ackbar Mahomed (grandson of Sake Dean Mahomed) was born in Brighton on 11th April 1849 at No.2 Black Lion Street, East Cliff, Brighton. He went to private school in Brighton.

At age 18 Akbar went to study medicine at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, which admitted students up until 1880 (minutes of board management Lewes Record Office).

In October 1869, the young Akbar, aged 20, left the Royal Sussex County Hospital and entered Guys Hospital in London. In 1870 and 1871, Akbar won universal praise for his work at Guys. Two years running he won the Physical Society Prize for developing the sphygmograph (for measuring the pressure of the pulse).

His first, unpublished paper was presented to the Pupils Physical Society at Guys Hospital, detailing his findings from 1872 to 1873, describing his modification and use of the sphygmograph. (His manuscript remains at Guys Hospital).

Akbar qualified as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1872, and in 1874 gained membership to the Royal College of Physicians.

On the 28th November 1884, Frederick died, aged 35. He is buried at Highgate Cemetery, London.