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Full name : Prafulla Chandra Ray
Alias : Prafulla Chandra Ray
Gender : Men
Country : Bangladesh
Birthday : 02-08-1861
Address : Khulna
Animals : The Rooster
Zodiac : Leo
Died : 26-06-1944
Father : Harish Chandra Ray
Mother :
Siblings :
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Education : University of Calcutta Presidency University Kolkata Vidyasagar College University of Edinburgh Hare School 1887 - University of Edinburgh
Position :
Activists : Chemists

Prafulla Chandra Ray was an eminent Indian scientist who is hailed as the “Father of Indian pharmaceuticals”. His work on the nitrites and hyponitrites of metals, especially mercury, earned him fame worldwide. Born in a well-to-do family, he received education at some of the premier educational institutes in the country. An illness in his childhood days forced him to discontinue studies for a while, but he made the best possible use of the time and harboured a liking for literature. He pursued higher education from the ‘University of Edinburgh’ and stayed on a year there to conduct further research. Returning to his homeland, Ray started his academic at the Presidency College and it was during his tenure that he discovered the compound mercurous nitrite. The pioneering chemist, founded a chemical manufacturing company, ‘Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Works Ltd.’. He lived an astute life and spent most of his life serving the poor and contributing toward scientific advancements. He remained associated with the ‘Sadharan Brahmo Samaj’ for most of his life and was even nominated the President of the division. A revered figure, many institutions have named after this scientist such as the ‘Acharya Prafulla Chandra College’, ‘Prafulla Chandra College’ in Calcutta, and the ‘Bagerhat P.C College’ of Bangladesh. Read on to know more about his life and works

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