Padma Shri Awardee Professor Bratindra Nath Mukherjee, the renowned historian and an epigraphy expert died at his residence in Kolkata on 4 April 2013. The 79 year old who deciphered several ancient scripts, is now survived by his wife and son.
About Bratindra Nath Mukherjee
• He authored more than 50 books and wrote about 700 articles in different national and international journals. Few of his famous books were Greek and Aramaic Edicts of Ashoka, Rise of Kushan Empire and a book on coins of the country named Indian Gold
• He was among few of the scholars from India, who knew Central Asian Lanuages like Sogdian (an Eastern-Iranian language at present Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), Brahmi, Shell and Kharoshti
• He was a numismatist and wrote two volumes on it named Coins of Bengal and Numismatic Art of India
• He served as the Professor in the Department of Ancient Indian History and Culture, University of Calcutta