List of Bengalis

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This article provides lists of famous and notable Bengali people, from West Bengal, India or Bangladesh, or people with Bengali ancestry or people who speak Bengali as their primary language.

Ancient Bengali kings

Pala Dynasty

Chandra Dynasty

Sena Dynasty

Deva Dynasty

Academy award winners

  • Satyajit Ray, only Indian to win the Oscar while not being associated with Hollywood
  • Nafees Bin Zafar, first Bangladeshi to win the Oscar.

Academics

Actors

Artists

Bharat Ratna

Bloggers/Media artists

Business leaders

Sahitya Akademi Award

Cinematographers

Cartoonists / comics creators

Dadasaheb Phalke Award winners

Economists

Fellows of the Royal Society

Fictional characters

Filmmakers

Grammy winners

Journalists

India

America

Britain

Pakistan

Qatar

Law

Magicians

Musicians

Bollywood

Bangla rock

Classical and folk musicians

Hindi rock

Western

Military

Padma Vibhushan

Politicians

Ramon Magsaysay

Religion and spirituality

Image of Swami Vivekananda relaxing in a chair
Swami Vivekananda– the photo was taken in Bushnell Studio in San Francisco, 1900.3

Buddhism

Hinduism

Islam

Christianity

Other

Revolutionaries

Others

Science and technology

Physicists

Biologists

  • Ananda Mohan Chakrabarty, most notable for his work in directed evolution and his role in developing a genetically engineered organism using plasmid transfer while working at GE.
  • Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya, known for his pioneering work on social insects and the role of bacteria in metamorphosis.
  • Sharmila Bhattacharya, head of the Biomodel Performance and Behavior laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center
  • Maharani Chakravorty, organized the first laboratory course on recombinant DNA techniques in Asia and Far East in 1981
  • Muhammad Qudrat-i-Khuda, scientist and educator, he successfully extracted biochemical elements from local trees and plants for medicinal use, patented 18 scientific inventions.
  • Anirvan Ghosh, his research has contributed to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate development of the mammalian brain.
  • Dilip Mahalanabis, biologist: under his leadership International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh medical centre, discovered Oral rehydration therapy, which saved more than 40 millions lives from Diarrhoea.
  • Maqsudul Alam, scientist and Professor, achieved four milestones in genomics — sequencing the genomes of Papaya, Rubber plants, Jute and fungus
  • SM Faruque, microbiologist and scientist, researcher on Vibrio cholerae which causes Cholera
  • Ram Brahma Sanyal, pioneer in captive breeding, and was one of the first zookeepers trained as a biologist. He was a corresponding member of the Zoological Society of London
  • Sarat Chandra Roy, widely regarded as the father of Indian ethnography, the first Indian ethnographer, and as the first Indian anthropologist
  • Panchanan Mitra, the first professor of anthropology in India and was among the first Indians to study at Yale University
  • Biraja Sankar Guha, first director of Anthropological Survey of India

Chemistry

  • Prafulla Chandra Roy, pioneer in the field of pharmaceutical and chemical works (discovered mercurous nitrite), The Royal Society of Chemistry honoured him with the first ever Chemical Landmark Plaque outside Europe, founder of Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, India's first pharmaceutical company
  • Jnanendra Nath Mukherjee,chemist, in fields of Electrochemistry, Colloids & Soil Science
  • Debashis Mukherjee, pioneer of Modern Theoretical Chemistry
  • Asima Chatterjee, noted for her work in the fields of organic chemistry and phytomedicine. Her most notable work includes those on vinca alkaloids, and the development of anti-epileptic and anti-malarial drugs.
  • Animesh Chakravorty
  • Abul Hussam, chemist, inventor of Sono arsenic filter and the gold winner of the 2007 Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability
  • Abdus Suttar Khan, chemist, inventor of alloys for use in commercial jets, U.S. fighter planes, gas turbines, train engines, and space shuttles
  • Prafulla Chandra Ghosh, renowned metallurgist. He was an Associate professor for metallurgy at Berlin University for twenty years. Later joined Fuel Research Institute as a Director. Was crowned as the best scientist of India for eight consecutive years by Indian Science Publication

Doctors and Physicians

Mathematicians

Technology

Architecture

Social reformers and Position holders

Sports

Brojen Das was the first Asian to swim across the English Channel

Athletics

Archers

Badminton

Bodybuilders, boxers, and wrestlers

Chess

Cricketers

Golfers

Footballers

Mountaineers

Swimmers

Squash

Tennis

Table tennis

Writers

Rabindranath Tagore is the first Asian Nobel laureate

See also

References