बरुन डे (जन्म: 30 अक्टूबर, 1932 )

October 30, 2017

बरुन डे ( जन्म: 30 अक्टूबर, 1932 – मृत्यु: 17 जुलाई, 2013) एक प्रमुख इतिहासकार और शिक्षाविद थे। मशहूर विद्वान बरुन डे के अनुसंधान का मुख्य क्षेत्र आधुनिक भारत रहा।

बरुन डे का जन्म 30 अक्टूबर 1932 को कोलकाता (पश्चिम बंगाल) में हुआ था और वह प्रेसिडेंसी कॉलेज में प्रसिद्ध इतिहासकार सुशोभन सरकार के छात्र थे। इनके परिवार में इनकी पत्नी श्रीमती रमा बाई, एक बेटा बिक्रमजीत और एक बेटी उर्मिला है।
इन्होंने मार्क्सवादी इतिहासकार प्रेसिडेंसी कॉलेज और ऑक्सफोर्ड विश्वविद्यालय में शिक्षा ग्रहण की। इसके बाद इन्होंने भारतीय इतिहास में वर्ष 1961 में डी. फिल किया।
बरुन डे ने 'सेक्युलरिज्म एट बे : उज्बेकिस्तान एट दी टर्न ऑफ दी सेंचुरी' नामक पुस्तक लिखी।
17वीं एवं 18वीं सदी के भारत के आर्थिक इतिहास, बंगाल नवजागरण और ब्रिटिश संविधान के इतिहास के विशेषज्ञ थे।
लंबे समय से बीमार रहने के कारण 80 वर्ष की अवस्था में कोलकाता के एक निजी अस्पताल में 17 जुलाई 2013 को इनका निधन हो गया।

Barun De (30 October 1932 – 16 July 2013) was an Indian historian. He served as founder-director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata and as the honorary state editor for the West Bengal District Gazetteers. He was chairman of the West Bengal Heritage Commission.

De was born into a Brahmo family. His father, Basanta Kumar De, was a high ranking official of the Bengal Nagpur Railways. His grandfather was Brajendranath De, ICS. He studied at St. Xavier's Collegiate School, Calcutta. He completed his higher studies at Presidency College, Calcutta, where he was a student of Professor Susobhan Chandra Sarkar and later at St. Catherine's Society, Oxford and Nuffield College, Oxford, where he was awarded the Curzon Memorial Prize for his essay "Macaulay and India", before completing his D.Phil. thesis on "Henry Dundas and the Government of India, 1784-1801" under the supervision of Dr. C.C. Davies. He was a president of the Oxford India Majlis.

He formed a lasting friendship with S. Nurul Hasan, the historian and Governor of West Bengal.

De held various positions at various times, including a senior professorship at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, the founder-directorship of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, a membership, held for three terms, of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi, and the role of honorary state editor of the West Bengal District Gazetteers. He taught and worked abroad, among other places, at Duke University as a visiting associate professor, the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, as a senior fellow, Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme, Paris as a directeur, University of Sydney and University of Milan as a visiting professor, and the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent as the India Chair for three years, with attachment to the Indian Embassy of Uzbekistan,. He was secretary and president of the Indian History Congress.

In his post-retirement years, he was chairman of the West Bengal State Archives, Calcutta, a vice president of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Indian Museum, Calcutta,and a member of the Heritage Conservation Committee of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, in which capacity he was among several people who prepared a list of heritage buildings of West Bengal. The Times of India has described him as "a pioneer of the heritage movement of West Bengal", From 2008-2011 he was honorary chairman of the West Bengal Heritage Commission, of which he was a member from 2001-2008.In 2004, he was appointed to a membership of the NCERT textbook review committee.

He was a Tagore National Fellow at the Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta.
De died due to renal failure in Kolkata on 16 July 2013