Rajendra Nath Mookerjee

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Sir Rajen Mookerjee
Born 23 June 1854
Bhabla, North 24 Parganas
Died 15 May 1936
Kolkata
Occupation Industrialist

Sir Rajen Mookerjee, KCIE, KCVO (or Sir Rajendra Nath Mookerjee) was a pioneering Bengali Indian industrialist.[1]

Early life[edit]

Rajendra Nath Mookerjee was raised by his mother after his father died when he was six. He studied engineering for three years at present day Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur then located at Presidency College, Calcutta. He started as a contractor and later earned fame as an engineer and businessman.[1]

Achievements[edit]

Among his achievements were the construction of Palta water works and the Victoria Memorial at Kolkata. He pioneered the laying down and operations of Martin's Light Railways.[1]

Along with Sir Acquin Martin, he founded Martin & Co. and contributed to the success of Bengal Iron at Kulti. Later he joined G.H.Fairhurst in founding the iron works of The Indian Iron and Steel Company at Burnpur.[2]

He first went to England in 1901 and later several times in connection with his business. In 1908, Mookerjee was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE).[3] In 1911, he became sheriff of Kolkata. Also in 1911, he was knighted with the KCIE.[4] In 1922, Mookerjee was further honoured with the dignity of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).[5] In 1931, the University of Calcutta honoured him with an honorary D.Sc. (Engineering).[1] He presided over the 8th session of Indian Science Congress held at Kolkata in 1921.[6]

Sir Biren Mookerjee was his second son. Jitendra Nath Mookerjee was his eldest son and Mahendra Nath Mookerjee was his youngest son. His grandsons, Ramen Mookerjee and Robin Mookerjee took over the reins of Martin Burn & Co. after the death of his sons.

Monuments[edit]

A main thoroughfare in Kolkata is named after him as Rajendra Nath Mukherjee Road abbreviated as R. N. Mukherjee Road, earlier known as Misson Row.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sengupta, Subodh Chandra and Bose, Anjali (editors), (1976/1998), Sansad Bangali Charitabhidhan (Biographical dictionary) Vol I, (Bengali), p 470, ISBN 81-85626-65-0
  2. ^ Srinivasan, N.R., History of The Indian Iron and Steel Company, 1983, p44.
  3. ^ London Gazette
  4. ^ London Gazette
  5. ^ London Gazette
  6. ^ "The Indian Science Congress Association". Archived from the original on 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  7. ^ Calcutta road name change

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