Ashutosh Mukherjee

Ashutosh Mukherjee

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Ashutosh Mukherjee Profile

  • Name:
  • Ashutosh Mukherjee
  • Other Name:
  • Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee
  • Born:
  • June 29, 1864
  • Died:
  • May 25, 1924
  • Father:
  • Ganga Prasad Mookerjee

Ashutosh Mukherjee Biography

Ashutosh Mukherjee was an Indian educator who served as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta from the year 1906 to 1914 and from 1921 to 1923. He was maintaining various affairs of the University until his death. He discovered the talents in Dr. C. V. Raman and Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.


He was born on 29th June 1864 at Bowbazar in Kolkata in West Bengal. His father was Ganga Prasad Mookerjee. He was a doctor and founder of South Suburban School in Calcutta. He studied at Sisu Vidhyalaya at Chakraberia in Bowanipore and it was here where he met Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar who was a great inspiration for him. He joined the Calcutta University in 1879 when he was fifteen years old.


He was a brilliant student and so could get scholarship to continue his education at the Presidency College. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1883 with first rank in the University. He finished his M. A. degree in 1885 and also completed the Masters degree in physical science. He married Jagoamaya Devi and has one son Syama Prasad Mookerjee who followed his father’s traits in bearing the torch of Indian culture. Syama Prasad Mookerjee is the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh.


After becoming a fellow of the Calcutta University he changed it into a teaching centre. He studied Law and served as a barrister. In 1904 he was appointed as the judge of the Bengal High Court. He raised funds to develop the science wing of the Calcutta University. Other academic programs that he started in the university are anthropology, applied psychology, industrial chemistry, Islamic cultural studies, comparative literature, etc.


He worked hard to start the Bengal Technical Institute in 1906 and the College of Science in Calcutta University. He also founded the Calcutta Mathematical Society in 1908. He was the first president of the Indian Science Congress. He was made as a knight in 1911 and he was called as the Tiger of Bengal due to his achievements. He died in the year 1924 near Patna High Court.

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Updated: May 14, 2012

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