Bidhan Chandra Roy – Bharat Ratna Adward Winner
Born on the 1st of July in the year 1882, Bidhan Chandra Roy, popularly known as Dr. B.C. Roy, was a renowned physician who also played a vital role as a freedom fighter during India’s independence struggle against the British rule.
Member of the Indian National Congress, Roy went on to become the second chief minister of the state of West Bengal, and served with that post for a period of 14 years, from 1948 until his death year, i.e. 1962.
Regarded as the architect of West Bengal, he was the founder of popular cities in the state of West Bengal, namely, Ashokenagar, Dugapur, Habra, Kalyani and Bidhan nagar.
Holder of an F.R.C.S. degree as well as an M.R.C.P. degree, his birthday holds a key essence in India, as it is celebrated as National Doctors’ Day, as a tribute to his memories and contributions to the field of medical science.
The government of India honored him with the Bharat Ratna Award on the 4th of February, in the year 1961. An alumnus of the Calcutta Medical College, he was also a member of the Bramho Samaj, and has a list of charitable dispensaries in the state to his credit.
He passed away on the 1st of July, 1962.