List of Bengalis

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This article provides lists of famous and notable Bengali people, from West Bengal, India or Bangladesh, or people with Bengali ancestry or people who speak Bengali as their primary language.

Ancient Bengali kings[edit]

Pala Dynasty[edit]

Chandra Dynasty[edit]

Sena Dynasty[edit]

Deva Dynasty[edit]

Academy award winners[edit]

  • Satyajit Ray, only Indian to win the Oscar while not being associated with Hollywood
  • Nafees Bin Zafar, first Bangladeshi to win the Oscar.

Academics[edit]

Actors[edit]

Artists[edit]

Bharat Ratna[edit]

Bloggers/Media artists[edit]

Business leaders[edit]

Sahitya Akademi Award[edit]

Cinematographers[edit]

Cartoonists / comics creators[edit]

Dadasaheb Phalke Award winners[edit]

Economists[edit]

Fellows of the Royal Society[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

Filmmakers[edit]

Grammy winners[edit]

Journalists[edit]

India[edit]

America[edit]

Britain[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

Qatar[edit]

Law[edit]

Magicians[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Bollywood[edit]

Bangla rock[edit]

Classical and folk musicians[edit]

Hindi rock[edit]

Western[edit]

Military[edit]

Padma Vibhushan[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Ramon Magsaysay[edit]

Religion and spirituality[edit]

Image of Swami Vivekananda relaxing in a chair
Swami Vivekananda– the photo was taken in Bushnell Studio in San Francisco, 1900.[3]

Buddhism[edit]

Hinduism[edit]

Islam[edit]

Christianity[edit]

Other[edit]

Revolutionaries[edit]

Others[edit]

Science and technology[edit]

Physicists[edit]

Biologists[edit]

  • Ananda Mohan Chakrabarty, most notable for his work in directed evolution and his role in developing a genetically engineered organism using plasmid transfer while working at GE.
  • Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya, known for his pioneering work on social insects and the role of bacteria in metamorphosis.
  • Sharmila Bhattacharya, head of the Biomodel Performance and Behavior laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center
  • Maharani Chakravorty, organized the first laboratory course on recombinant DNA techniques in Asia and Far East in 1981
  • Muhammad Qudrat-i-Khuda, scientist and educator, he successfully extracted biochemical elements from local trees and plants for medicinal use, patented 18 scientific inventions.
  • Anirvan Ghosh, his research has contributed to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate development of the mammalian brain.
  • Dilip Mahalanabis, biologist: under his leadership International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh medical centre, discovered Oral rehydration therapy, which saved more than 40 millions lives from Diarrhoea.
  • Maqsudul Alam, scientist and Professor, achieved four milestones in genomics — sequencing the genomes of Papaya, Rubber plants, Jute and fungus
  • SM Faruque, microbiologist and scientist, researcher on Vibrio cholerae which causes Cholera
  • Ram Brahma Sanyal, pioneer in captive breeding, and was one of the first zookeepers trained as a biologist. He was a corresponding member of the Zoological Society of London
  • Sarat Chandra Roy, widely regarded as the father of Indian ethnography, the first Indian ethnographer, and as the first Indian anthropologist
  • Panchanan Mitra, the first professor of anthropology in India and was among the first Indians to study at Yale University
  • Biraja Sankar Guha, first director of Anthropological Survey of India

Chemistry[edit]

  • Prafulla Chandra Roy, pioneer in the field of pharmaceutical and chemical works (discovered mercurous nitrite), The Royal Society of Chemistry honoured him with the first ever Chemical Landmark Plaque outside Europe, founder of Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, India's first pharmaceutical company
  • Debashis Mukherjee, pioneer of Modern Theoretical Chemistry
  • Asima Chatterjee, noted for her work in the fields of organic chemistry and phytomedicine. Her most notable work includes those on vinca alkaloids, and the development of anti-epileptic and anti-malarial drugs.
  • Animesh Chakravorty
  • Abul Hussam, chemist, inventor of Sono arsenic filter and the gold winner of the 2007 Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability
  • Abdus Suttar Khan, chemist, inventor of alloys for use in commercial jets, U.S. fighter planes, gas turbines, train engines, and space shuttles

Doctors and Physicians[edit]

Mathematicians[edit]

Technology[edit]

Architecture[edit]

Social reformers and Position holders[edit]

Sports[edit]

Brojen Das was the first Asian to swim across the English Channel

Athletics[edit]

Archers[edit]

Badminton[edit]

Bodybuilders, boxers, and wrestlers[edit]

Chess[edit]

Cricketers[edit]

Golfers[edit]

Footballers[edit]

Mountaineers[edit]

Swimmers[edit]

Squash[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Table tennis[edit]

Writers[edit]

Rabindranath Tagore is the first Asian Nobel laureate

See also[edit]

References[edit]