Tapan Raychaudhuri

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Tapan Raychaudhuri
Born 8 May 1926
Kirtipasha, Barishal, Bangladesh
Died 26 November 2014
Fields History
Alma mater
Doctoral advisor C.C. Davies
Notable students Shahid Amin, Gyanendra Pandey, Gowher Rizvi, Suranjan Das
Notable awards Watumull Prize

Tapan Raychaudhuri (8 May 1926[1] – 26 November 2014) was an Indian historian specialising in British Indian history, Indian economic history and the History of Bengal. He was a Reader in Modern South Asian History at University of Oxford from 1973 to 1992; one year before retirement in 1993, he was given an ad hominem promotion to Professor of Indian History and Civilization. He was also Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford from 1973–93 where he remained as an Emeritus Fellow until his death in 2014.[2]

Tapan Raychudhuri in 2009

Education and Career[edit]

He was a student of Jagabandhu Institution, Calcutta, Ballygunge Government High School, Calcutta, Barisal Zilla School, Scottish Church College, Calcutta and finally Presidency College, Calcutta. He was a Deputy Director of the National Archives of India and taught at the Delhi School of Economics under Delhi University where he was the Director for a few years.[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He was a nephew of Hem Chandra Raychaudhuri. He is the cousin of historian Kalyan Kumar Sengupta ,known for his work Pabna Distubances.


Raychaudhuri died after suffering a series of strokes at his home in Oxford, England on 26 November 2014, aged 88.[1] He was cremated after 11 days of his death in England.



  • Perceptions, Emotions, Sensibilities: Essays on India's Colonial and Post-colonial Experiences (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2005),[7]
  • The Cambridge Economic History of India, Vol. I, (Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2004), (jointly edited with Irfan Habib),
  • 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)[8]
  • Bengal Under Akbar & Jahangir: An Introductory Study in Social History, (1969),[9]
  • Jan Company in Coromandel, (Martinus Nijhoff, 1962),[10]
  • Bangalnama, (Ananda Publishers, Calcutta, 2007)
  • The World in our time, (Harper & Collins, 2012)


  1. ^ a b Historian Tapan Raychaudhuri dies
  2. ^ "Professor Tapan Kumar Raychaudhuri DPhil, DLitt, Bio". Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University. Archived from the original on 2013-10-02. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Amartya Sen - Biographical
  4. ^ AHA Award Recipients
  5. ^ "Annual Convocation". University of Calcutta. 
  6. ^ "Padma Vibhushan for Bhagwati, V. Krishnamurthy". The Hindu. January 27, 2007. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "UK General Catalogue". Oxford University Press. 
  8. ^ Indian Economic & Social History Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, 370-372 (1990) doi:10.1177/001946469002700314 [1]
  9. ^ "Bengal Under Akbar & Jahangir". Coronet Books. 
  10. ^ Walter C. Neale, The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 23, No. 2 (Feb., 1964), pp. 318-320. doi:10.2307/2050166