Dwijesh Dutta Majumder: A Life in Computers

Matiur Rahman

IMG

The scientist who played a key role in the making of the First Transistorised Indian Computer called ISIJU-1, and one of the first to learn to use computers in India, Prof. Dwijesh Dutta Majumder passed away on 27 June 2020. 

Prof. Dwijesh Dutta Majumder was born on 10 February 1932 at Dharmaghar village of Habibganj district, now in Bangladesh. He completed his school education from Jagadishpur H.E. School, Calcutta in 1946 and retired as Emeritus Professor from the Electronics and Communication Sciences Unit of Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta.  He was also Director in Institute of Cybernetics Systems and Information Technology, Calcutta;  Chairman of Centre for Advanced Computing, Calcutta and a recipient of countless national and international awards including the Norbert Wiener Award.

It was about nine years earlier, in 2011, that he heeded the author’s request to speak with him on-camera for an independently produced television series on the theme of bright minds of science in India titled ‘Mind Find’ on the recommendation of Dr Manas Pratim Das, a science communicator with All India Radio, Calcutta. 

During the course of the rather long interview at his 155 Ashokegarh home in Calcutta where he was recuperating from cardiac surgery, Prof. Dwijesh Dutta Majumder shared with us his life story from the times when he was a student in the department of radio-physics at the University of Calcutta and how his first meeting with Prof. P. C. Mahalanobis, a much-respected statistician who shaped the Planning Commission and pioneered methodologies for large scale surveys, inspired him to engage with the initial work in the development of computers in India…Read more