Dipakranjan Mal, born in 1952, received his B.Sc. (Hons) (1972, first class) and M.Sc. (1974, first class) degrees from the Calcutta University. After a short stint in 1976 as a CSIR Junior Research Fellow under Professor P. L. Majumder at the University College of Science, Kolkata, he proceeded to the University of Missouri at Kansas City for his Ph.D. degree (1981) on intramolecular hydrogen bonding in ç-hydroxycarboxylic acids under Professor Layton L. McCoy. During 1981-1984, he was a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Frank M. Hauser of the State University of New York, Albany. In 1984, he returned to India to accept the position of a lecturer at Bose Institute, Kolkata. Since 1987, he has been with the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, where he is now a full professor. His research interests are focused on the development of domino strategies and total synthesis of angucyclines and anthracyclines, furocoumarins, carbazoles, and isobenzofuranone natural products. He has supervised 15 doctoral and 32 master students for their degrees, and published 80 research publications. He was a recipient of the gold medal of R. K. Mission College, Belur Math, in 1973. He received the honor certificate of Phi Kappa Phi, USA, in 1978. He is a life member of the Chemical Research Society of India.
Biography Updated on 27 November 2008