Professor Debi Prasad Chattopadhyaya (November 5, 1933 – February 13, 2022),[1] was educated at the University of Calcutta[2] and was Deputy Minister of Health of India and Union Minister of Commerce and Industry.[3] He founded the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi, and served as its Chairman. Till the end of his life, he served as the Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Civilizations, and General Editor of the Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture, which produced a multi-volume cultural history of India.

Chattopadhyaya has authored many books on culture and philosophy. In 2009 he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award.[4]



  1. ^ "Obituary: DPC, a philosopher and scholar-politician remembered by academics across the world". Retrieved 19 March 2023.
  2. ^ "Newsletter - Indian Council of Philosophical Research".
  3. ^ Chattopadhyay, Savithri (1974). "Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 : A Study of the Legislative Process". Journal of the Indian Law Institute. 16 (4): 549–569. JSTOR 43950392.
  4. ^ Complete List of 2009 Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri