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Raychaudhuri in 2009
|Born||8 May 1926
Kirtipasha, Barisal, Bengal Presidency, British India
|Died||26 November 2014 (aged 88)
|Doctoral advisors||Dr. C.C. Davies|
|Notable students||Shahid Amin, Gyanendra Pandey, Gowher Rizvi, Suranjan Das|
Early life and education
He was the son of Amiya Kumar Raychaudhuri, the last zamindar of Kirtipasha in Barisal district of eastern Bengal. He was a nephew of Hem Chandra Raychaudhuri through the latter's wife, who was from the Kirtipasha family.
He was a student of Ballygunge Government High School, Calcutta and Barisal Zilla School, 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. He completed his first D.Phil. in history at Calcutta University under the supervision of Sir Jadunath Sarkar and his second D.Phil. at Balliol College, Oxford under the supervision of Dr. C.C. Davies.
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 also of the department of history of Delhi University.
He was first a reader in Modern South Asian History and then professor of Indian History and Civilization and fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford from 1973-93. He was an emeritus fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford after retirement.
- Watumull Prize awarded by the American Historical Association, 1982. (jointly with Irfan Habib) for the Cambridge Economic History of India.
- Doctor of Letters 1993, University of Oxford
- Doctor of Letters honoris causa by the University of Calcutta
- Doctor of Letters honoris causa by the University of Burdwan
- Padma Bhushan in 2007 in recognition to his contributions to history.
He died at home in Oxford (England) on 26 November 2014, after suffering a stroke.
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- —— (1962). Jan Company in Coromandel, 1605-1690. 's-Gravenhage: Martinus Nijhoff. OCLC 450671.
- 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.
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- —— (2007). Bangalanama. Kolkata: Ananda. ISBN 978-8177566697.
- —— (2011). The world in our time: a memoir. Noida: Harper Collins Publishers India. ISBN 978-9350291320.
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