Basudeb DasSarma

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Basudeb DasSarma
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Born (1923-01-01)1 January 1923
Barisal, India
Died 16 November 2007(2007-11-16) (aged 84)
Charleston, West Virginia
Spouse Seba Sen, (author of Tales from a Faraway Land, Indian Children's Stories)

Basudeb DasSarma (1923–2007) was a chemist and faculty at the University College of Science and Technology of the University of Calcutta. He was among an early group of Indian scholars and professionals to emigrate to the US.[1] He did groundbreaking research with John C. Bailar, Jr. at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, won an American Chemical Society award in 1971 [2] for his contributions to the understanding of coordination and stereo-chemistry of metal complexes, and became a naturalized US citizen in 1972. He was a professor of chemistry at West Virginia State College from 1966 to 1992, President of the West Virginia Academy of Science, 1981–82, and a community leader and spokesman on environmental issues[3] in the Kanawha Valley around Charleston, West Virginia. His memoir was published in 2010 posthumously.[4]


  1. ^ Indians Abroad, India Abroad (page 6), May 14, 1982
  2. ^ American Chemical Society Award, Chemical and Engineering News (page 50), October 4, 1972
  3. ^ Chemist Gets Silver Pen Award, Charleston Daily Mail (page 4A), May 9, 1985
  4. ^ Journey of a Lifetime, by B. DasSarma, Xlibris Corp. 2010 (ISBN 978-1-4535-7255-9)