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Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

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Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

Ishwar Chandra Bandyopadhyay

Born:26 September 1820

Died: 29 July 1891

  • He  was a Bengali polymath from the Indian subcontinent, and a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance.
  • He was a philosopher, academic educator, writer, translator, printer, publisher, entrepreneur, reformer and philanthropist.
  • His efforts to simplify and modernize Bengali prose were significant.
  • He also forced the British to pass the widow remarriage act.
  • He received the title “Vidyasagar” (in Sanskrit Vidya means knowledge and Sagar means ocean, i.e., Ocean of Knowledge) from Sanskrit College, Calcutta (from where he graduated), due to his excellent performance in Sanskrit studies and philosophy.
  • Noted Bengali mathematician Anil Kumar Gain founded Vidyasagar University, named in his honour.

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