Tapan Raychaudhuri

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Tapan Raychaudhuri
Born 8 May 1926
Kirtipasha, Barishal, Bengal Presidency, British India (now 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,[citation needed] 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 on Pabna Disturbances.


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.



  • —— (1953). Bengal Under Akbar and Jahangir: An Introductory Study in Social History. Calcutta: A. Mukherjee & Co. OCLC 906328391. 
  • —— (1962). Jan Company in Coromandel, 1605-1690. 's-Gravenhage: Martinus Nijhoff. OCLC 450671. [7]
  • Raychaudhuri, Tapan; Habib, Irfan, eds. (1982). The Cambridge Economic History of India. I, c. 1200-c. 1750. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-22802-2. 
  • —— (1988). Europe Reconsidered: Perceptions of the West in Nineteenth Century Bengal. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-562066-5. [8]
  • —— (1993). Romanthan Athoba Bhimrotiprapter Paracharitcharcha রমান্থানা অথবা : ভীমরতিপ্রাপ্তর পরচরিতচচা (in Bengali). Kolkata: Ananda. ISBN 978-8177563481. 
  • —— (2005). Perceptions, Emotions, Sensibilities: Essays on India's Colonial and Post-colonial Experiences. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-567894-9. 
  • —— (2007). Bangalanama. Kolkata: Ananda. ISBN 978-8177566697. 
  • —— (2011). The world in our time: a memoir. Noida: Harper Collins Publishers India. ISBN 978-9350291320. 


  1. ^ a b "Historian Tapan Raychaudhuri dies". bdnews24.com. 27 November 2014. 
  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 2 October 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Amartya Sen - Biographical". Nobelprize.org. 
  4. ^ "AHA Award Recipients". American Historical Association. 
  5. ^ "Annual Convocation". University of Calcutta. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Padma Vibhushan for Bhagwati, V. Krishnamurthy". The Hindu. 27 January 2007. p. 1. 
  7. ^ Neale, Walter C. (February 1964). "Review". The Journal of Asian Studies (Association for Asian Studies) 23 (2): 318–320. doi:10.2307/2050166 – via JSTOR. 
  8. ^ Sarkar, Tanika (1990). "Book Reviews". Indian Economic & Social History Review (SAGE Journals) 27 (3): 370–372. doi:10.1177/001946469002700314. (subscription required (help)).