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Clay Research
Year : 2006, Volume : 25, Issue : 2
First page : ( 153) Last page : ( 154)
Print ISSN : 0255-7193.

Obituary

 

We feel extremely sad to inform our members and patrons about the sudden demise of Prof. Sushil Kumar Mukherjee, our Founder President of the Clay Minerals Society of India on 18 November, 2006.

Professor Mukherjee was born in 1914 in Barishal, now in Bangldesh. After completing his post-graduation he joined the Physical Chemistry Laboratory led by Professor J.N. Mukherjee, the founder of the Colloid Chemistry research in the country. During this time Professor Sushil Kumar Mukherjee joined in various research activities in the field of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry. He worked in different projects on agricultural resources in the coast of Bangaldesh and also in Assam, Orissa and the Central India during 1943 to 1947. He worked in Calcutta University as a lecturer and then reader during 1947 to 1957. During this time he worked with professor C.E. Marshall in Missouri, U.S.A. as a “Ghosh Travelling Fellow” in the field of thermodynamics of ion exchange reaction. Professor Mukherjee had the opportunity of working with Dr. S.A. Barber and Dr. S.H. Beavers, Eminent Professor. Nobel Laurate Prof. Linus Pauling was extremely happy with the quality of research work produced by Prof. Mukherjee. British Nobel Laureate Dr.R.L. Synge was deeply involved in the concept of soil chemistry explained by Prof. Mukherjee. Later Professor Mukherjee worked in collaboration with famous statistician Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis in the field of clay-amino acid interaction.

Prof. Mukherjee believed in disseminating science in mother tongue. He has written scientific articles in Bengali. During 1957–1960 while working as a Professor under UNSCO in Indonesia, he learned the local language to write books on physics, chemistry and mathematics. Prof. Mukherjee was fluent in German, French and Russian languages. He joined the Indian Association of Cultivation of Science as a Professor. Later he became the Vice Chancellor of the Kalyani University and Calcutta University.

Prof. Mukherjee has more than two hundred research papers in his credit. He was a member of the National Commission on Agriculture, Director of the Bose Institute, Founder President of West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology, President of the Indian Society of Soil Science, the First Indian Honorary Member of the International Society of Social Science, Secretary and Editor of Indian Chemical Society, Editor of Indian Journal of History of Science, Everyman's Science and Breakthrough journals and Secretary and Editor of Research Workers Association of India.

The members of the Clay Minerals Society of India deeply regret the loss of an outstanding educationist, scientist and a great human being in the form of Professor Sushil Kumar Mukherjee.

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