Kankan Bhattacharyya is a modern non-linear Laser Spectroscopy scientist. His main interest is in femtosecond dynamics in nano-confined systems which include biological assemblies. His most important discovery is the ultraslow nature of biological water.
He was the Director & Chair Professor of Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, the oldest centre for scientific research in Asia. He is a fellow of all of the national science academies of India and is a senior editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry. He received many awards from all around the world, most importantly, the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Chemical Science from the (CSIR, India) in 1997 and the TWAS Prize in 2007.
He graduated from Presidency College under Calcutta University and did his Masters from the same University. He has done his doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Mihir Chowdhury, an eminent scientist in the field of Molecular Spectroscopy & Photochemistry at IACS(1984).