- Tapan Raychaudhuri
He is the second son of
Amiya Kumar Raychaudhuri, former zamindarof Kirtipashain Barisal, a district of East Bengal, currently known as Bangladesh.Tapan Raychaudhuri, "Romanthan Athoba Bhimrotiprapter Paracharitcharcha" (Calcutta, 1992)] He is a nephew of the prominent Congress politician, Kiran Shankar Ray, who was a Home Minister of West Bengal after independence. He is also a nephew of the distinguished historian Hem Chandra Raychaudhuri, who became the Vice Chancellorof Patna University.
He studied at
Scottish Church College, Calcutta(for his Intermediate in Arts), and at the Presidency College, Calcuttafor his BA and MA degrees, in which he was awarded first class second. He received his PhDin Historyfirstly from the University of Calcuttaunder the supervision of the eminent historian Sir Jadunath Sarkar, and then his D.Philfrom Balliol College, Oxfordunder the supervision of Dr. C. C. Davies. He was conferred the Doctor of Letters "honoris causa" by the University of Oxford, University of Calcuttaand University of Burdwan. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour bestowed by the Indian government.
In his illustrious career he has held several very important academic posts: he started his career, before leaving for Oxford, as a Lecturer in the Department of Islamic History and Culture,
Calcutta University. After his return to India, he was appointed as the Deputyand Acting Directorof the National Archives of India, New Delhi. He became Readerand Professorof History at University of Delhi. Later, he was Professor of Economic Historyand Directorat the Delhi School of Economicsunder Delhi University, at a time when his colleagues in the Delhi School included Amartya Sen, Manmohan Singh, Sukhomoy Chakravarty, Jagdish Bhagwatiand Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri. He was also First- Editorof Indian Social and Economic History Reviewa leading Indian history journal which has its head office in Delhi. He became Readerand then Ad HominemProfessor of Indian History and Civilisation and Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford, where he has supervised generations of Indian history students. Presently he is EmeritusFellow at St Antony's College, Oxfordand was until recently the Editor-in-Chiefof "Autumn Annual", the scholarly journal published by the Alumni Association of Presidency College, Calcutta.
He has been a
Guest Professorat the University of California, Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Collegio de Maxico, Ecole Pratique de Hautes Etudes, University of Sydneyand University of Perthand a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholarsand the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
*Watumull Prize awarded by the
American Historical Association, 1982. (jointly with Irfan Habib) for the "Cambridge Economic History of India". [cite web | title = AHA Award Recipients:Discontinued Prizes | publisher = American Historical Association | accessdate = 2007-07-28 | url = http://www.historians.org/prizes/AWARDED/DefunctWinner.htm]
*He was awarded the
Padma Bhushan- India's third highest civilian honour in 2007in recognition to his contributions to history. [cite news | title = Padma Vibhushan for Bhagwati, V. Krishnamurthy | publisher = The Hindu | date = January 27, 2007|page = 1 | url = http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/27/stories/2007012705931300.htm]
*"Perceptions, Emotions, Sensibilities: Essays on India's Colonial and Post-colonial Experiences" (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2005), [cite web | url = http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780195678949 | publisher = Oxford University Press | title = UK General Catalogue]
*"The Cambridge Economic History of India", Vol. I, (Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2004), (jointly edited with
*"Romanthan Athoba Bhimrotiprapter Paracharitcharcha", (Calcutta: Ananda Publishers, 1992) (in Bengali)
*"Europe Reconsidered: Perception of the West in Nineteenth Century Bengal", (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1988) [Indian Economic & Social History Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, 370-372 (1990)DOI: 10.1177/001946469002700314 [http://ier.sagepub.com/cgi/content/citation/27/3/370] ]
*"Bengal Under Akbar & Jahangir: An Introductory Study in Social History", (1969), [cite web | url = http://www.coronetbooks.com/books/b/beng3566.html | publisher = Coronet Books | title = Bengal Under Akbar & Jahangir]
*"Jan Company in Coromandel", (Martinus Nijhoff, 1962), [Walter C. Neale, "The Journal of Asian Studies", Vol. 23, No. 2 (Feb., 1964), pp. 318-320. doi:10.2307/2050166]
* [http://www.victoriamemorial-cal.org/prof_trc.html Tapan Raychaudhuri Profile]
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