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/mother tongue.


American space historian. He is a professor of history at Fordham University

Western Oregon University




Scene and associate editor of The Atlantic Monthly

Bodybuilders and Wrestlers

  • Ambika Charan Guha, Indian wrestler who pioneered the growth of Akhada culture in Bengal
  • Gobar Guha, Indian wrestler and practitioner of Pehlwani
  • Manohar Aich, bodybuilder
  • Monotosh Roy, Indian bodybuilder, first Asian to be awarded the Mr. Universe title
  • Sudhir Saha, wrestler, coach and wrestling administrator in India, introduced Greco-Roman wrestling in India
  • Laxman Das, wrestler and weight lifter1
  • Asit Kumar Saha, wrestler and wrestling coach

Business leaders

and businessman. In 2010, his restaurant Lasan won the Best Local Restaurant category on Channel 4's The F Word.

CellBazaar Inc, First Mover Fellow of The Aspen Institute , TEDIndia Fellow

Head of Business Treasury and Global Banking & Markets at Royal Bank of Scotland

Chief Justice of India




Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Statistics Ball State University, his earlier publications were on h-statistics, l-statistics, k-statistics and related finite sampling methods, later his research focused on order statistics and statistical inference based on optimal spacing and goodness-of- fit procedures

at Northeastern University

Fictional characters



artist whose research interests include issues of surveillance



singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She is the daughter of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar -Indian Bengali


Nobel prize winners

Academy award winners

  • Satyajit Ray,only Indian to win the Oscar while not being associated with Hollywood

Grammy winners

Pulitzer prize winners

Bharat Ratna

Ramon Magsaysay

Padma Vibhushan

Dadasaheb phalke awards



Police officers


Religion and spirituality

Image of Swami Vivekananda relaxing in a chair
Swami Vivekananda– the photo was taken in Bushnell Studio in San Francisco, 1900.4

Science & technology

model to show how life on Earth could have originated in outer space.

  • Muhammad Qudrat-i-Khuda, scientist and educator, he successfully extracted biochemical elements from local trees and plants for medicinal use,patented 18 scientific


  • Subir Chowdhury, Quality Expert. Author of several international bestselling business books.
  • Anirvan Ghosh, Neuroscientist, his research has contributed to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate development of the mammalian brain.
  • Qazi Motahar Hossain, mathematician and statistician.
  • Abul Hussam, Chemist, inventor of Sono arsenic filter and the gold winner of the 2007 Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability
  • Jamal Nazrul Islam, famous physicist and mathematician, his research areas include Applied Mathematics , Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Physics, theory of Gravitation ,

General Relativity , Mathematical Cosmology and Quantum Field Theory , Fellowship include Third World Academy of Science Trieste, Cambridge Philosophical Society, Royal Astronomical Society.

  • Abdus Suttar Khan, Chemist, inventor of alloys for use in commercial jets, U.S. fighter planes, gas turbines, train engines, and space shuttles
  • Azizul Haque, pioneered the mathematical

formula for Henry Classification System of fingerprinting

achieved Three milestones in genomics - sequencing the genomes of Papaya, Rubber plants and Jute.

many original contributions to the fields of electro-optical devices and systems, optical computing and processing, and pattern recognition; he is ranked amongst the top 50 researchers who contributed most to Applied Optics in its 50-year history.

particle physics experiments (the Mark II, CLEO, GEM, BaBar, ATLAS collaborations) that have led to new discoveries in the area of high-energy particle collisions and decay.

Institute of Fluid Dynamics & Turbulence at the University of Houston

Award for contribution to climate change adaptation.

researcher on Vibrio cholerae which causes Cholera .

  • Bikash Sinha, former director of SINP and Padmabhusan
  • Sultana N. Nahar , physicist,research scientist in the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State University , contributions -development of the unified method for total electron-ion recombination theoretical spectroscopy for Breit-Pauli R-matrix method, resonant

nano-plasma theranostics (RNPT) method for cancer treatment.

recipient of the MIT TR100 Award

biomedical physicist, innovator who has been a pioneering figure in developing the [[Focused Impedance Measurement]]

  • 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.
  • M. Anwar Hossain, plant scientist . He made

contribution to the field of biotechnology to develop flood tolerant rice in Bangladesh.

Social reformers & leaders


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


Rabindranath Tagore is the first Asian Nobel laureate

See also


  1. ^ Zakaria, Saymon (2012). "Circus". In Islam, Nazrul. Banglapedia (Revised 2nd ed.). Dhaka: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "A Tale Of Two Women: In search of their own songs". The Telegraph. March 11, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Chitta Ranjan Dutta
  4. ^ "Swami Vivekananda Known Photos America 1899 – 1900". Retrieved 10 March 2012. 

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