Panchanan Neogi obtained his PhD (1918) from University of Calcutta specializing in chemistry. He served as Professor of Chemistry, Rajshahi (now in Bangladesh) College (1907-21), Bengal Engineering College (1921-25) and Presidency College (1925-42), Kolkata.
Academic and Research Achievements:Neogi’s PhD thesis is a definitive contribution to the history of chemistry in Ancient India, particularly in the metallurgy of iron and copper. He will also be remembered for his contribution to the stereochemistry of nitrogen, optical isomerism of coordinated inorganic compounds, and chemistry of elements.
Others Contributions:Neogi was deeply interested in History of Chemistry. He authored two monographs – Iron in Ancient India and Copper in Ancient India – both published as memoirs of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in 1916 and 1918, respectively and his other book Ayurveda and Modern Chemistry was published in 1921.
Awards and Honours:President, Chemistry Section, Indian Science Congress (1933) and Foundation Member, Indian Chemical Society.