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He was one of many first ‘trendy’ Indian chemical researchers and likewise labored as a trainer.

In British India, a number of Indian geniuses achieved a lot of their lives regardless of fewer amenities. After their preliminary examine in India, they moved overseas for increased training on scholarship. One such individual was Prafulla Chandra Ray, a chemist and an industrialist who based India’s first pharmaceutical firm — Bengal Chemical compounds and Prescribed drugs. He was additionally a trainer and one of many first ‘trendy’ Indian chemical researchers. Ray additionally established the primary trendy Indian analysis college in Chemistry and is considered the Father of Indian Chemistry.

Born in 1861 in Bengal Presidency in British India (now in Bangladesh), he was the writer of ‘A Historical past of Hindu Chemistry’. He graduated from the College of Calcutta in 1879. Ray was solely 21 when he got here to UK. In 1882, Prafulla gained a scholarship to Edinburgh College, UK and gained one other diploma in 1885. He was additionally awarded a DSc. in 1887 and the ‘Hope Prize’ for his thesis on ‘Conjugated Sulphates of the Copper-Magnesium Group’. This allowed him to work on his analysis for an extra interval of 1 yr after completion of his doctorate. The Royal Society of Chemistry honoured his life and work with the primary ever Chemical Landmark Plaque outdoors Europe. 

Ray returned to India (Calcutta) in 1888 after which joined Presidency School as an assistant professor of Chemistry in 1889. He additionally labored at Calcutta College. Ray established a analysis laboratory and researched with a bunch of scholars. He revealed round 150 analysis papers throughout his lifetime. He remained a bachelor all through his life and retired turning into professor emeritus in 1936 at 75. He died on 16 June 1944 on the age of 82.

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