Tapan Raychaudhuri

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Tapan Raychaudhuri
Tapan RayChaudhuri 2009 Dhaka.JPG
Raychaudhuri in 2009
Born8 May 1926
Died26 November 2014 (aged 88)
Alma mater
AwardsWatumull Prize
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorsDr. C.C. Davies Jadunath Sarkar
Notable studentsGyanendra Pandey, Gowher Rizvi

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.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

He was the son of Prativa and Amiya Kumar Raychaudhuri, the last zamindar of Kirtipasha in Barisal district of eastern Bengal. He came from a well-known Baidya family. He was a nephew of Kiron Shankar Roy[2] and Hem Chandra Roychaudhuri, through his paternal aunts.[3]

He was a student of Ballygunge Government High School, Calcutta and Barisal Zilla School,[citation needed] Scottish Church College, Calcutta, where he completed his I.A. and finally Presidency College, Calcutta, where he completed his B.A. (Hons.) in history with a high first class.[citation needed] He completed his first D.Phil. in history at Calcutta University under the supervision of Sir Jadunath Sarkar, who was his Additional Supervisor and his second D.Phil. at Balliol College, Oxford under the supervision of Major (Dr.) C.C. Davies.[citation needed]


He started his career as a Lecturer at the Department of Islamic History and Culture, Calcutta University. After his return from Britain he became a Deputy Director of the National Archives of India. He was a Reader and then Professor of History and Director of the Delhi School of Economics and Professor and the Head of Department History of Delhi University.[4]

He was a Reader in Modern South Asian History from 1973-1992 and then Ad Hominem Professor of Indian History and Civilization and Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford from 1992-1993. He was an Emeritus Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford after retirement.[5] He also served on the inaugural Social Sciences jury for the Infosys Prize in 2009.

He became a national research professor in India in 2010[citation needed]



He died at home in Oxford (England) on 26 November 2014, after suffering a stroke.[1]



  • —— (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.[9]
  • 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.[10]
  • —— (1993). Romanthan Athoba Bhimrotiprapter Paracharitcharcha রোমন্থন অথবা ভীমরতিপ্রাপ্তর পরচরিতচর্চা (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. ^ Banglapedia: Kiron Shakar Roy
  3. ^ Sen Sharma, Tribhanga Mohan (1942). Kuladarpanam, Behrampore: New Art Press. p.369
  4. ^ "Amartya Sen - Biographical". Nobelprize.org.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "AHA Award Recipients". American Historical Association.
  7. ^ "Annual Convocation". University of Calcutta. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Padma Vibhushan for Bhagwati, V. Krishnamurthy". The Hindu. 27 January 2007. p. 1. Archived from the original on 11 February 2007.
  9. ^ Neale, Walter C. (February 1964). "Review". The Journal of Asian Studies. Association for Asian Studies. 23 (2): 318–320. doi:10.2307/2050166.
  10. ^ Sarkar, Tanika (1990). "Book Reviews". Indian Economic & Social History Review. 27 (3): 370–372. doi:10.1177/001946469002700314.