Professor Tapan Kumar Raychaudhuri DPhil, DLitt

Born 8 May 1926; s of Amiya Kumar and Prativa Raychaudhuri; m 1960, Pratima Sen-Roy; one d

Professor of Indian History and Civilisation, University of Oxford, 1992–93; Fellow, St Antony’s College, Oxford, 1973–93, now Emeritus


Presidency College, Calcutta; Balliol College, Oxford. MA, DPhil Calcutta; MA, DPhil, DLitt Oxon


Lecturer Calcutta University, 1948–55; Deputy Director, National Archives of India, 1957–59 (Acting Director, 1957–58); Delhi School of Economics: Reader in Economic History, 1959–64; Professor, 1964–70; Director, 1965–67; Professor of History, Delhi University, 1971–72; Reader in Modern South Asian History, University of Oxford, 1973–92. Visiting Professor: Duke University, 1964; University of California, Berkeley, 1964; University of Pennsylvania, 1969; Harvard, 1969–70; El Colegio de Mexico, 1981; University of Sydney, 1986. Fellow: Woodrow Wilson Center, 1993–94; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 1997–98. General Editor (with D. Kumar), Cambridge Economic History of India, 1982–83. Honorary DLitt: Burdwan, 1998; Calcutta, 2003; Vidyasagar, 2007. Padma Bhushan, 2007


Bengal under Akbar and Jahangir: an introductory study in social history, 1953, 2nd edn 1969; Jan Company in Coromandel 1605–1690: European trade and Asia’s traditional economies, 1962; (ed with I. Habib)Cambridge Economic History of India, vol. I, 1982, vol. II, 1983; Europe Reconsidered: perceptions of the West in Nineteenth Century Bengal, 1986, 2nd edn 2003; Perceptions, Sensibilities, Emotions: essays on India’s Colonial and post-Colonial experiences, 1999; (with G. Forbes) Memoirs of Dr Haimavati Sen: from child widow to lady doctor, 2000; (in Bengali): Romanathan, 1993;Bangalnama (memoirs), 2007; contrib., Desh mag.