Dr Sunil Chandra Ray was born on December 20, 1924 at Tamluk
district of Midnapore. He graduated in 1944 and took his M A
degree in Ancient Indian History & Culture from the University
of Calcutta in 1946. He earned his doctorate for his thesis entitled
'Early History of Kashmir' in 1951. Dr Ray began his career as
James Prinsep Research Fellow in epigraphy and numismatics for
the year at the Asiatic Society, Calcutta. He received special
training in Archaeology at Paris and Strasbourg. He also earned
the Griffith Memorial Prize for his resarch in numismatics.
He joined Archaeological Survey of India as Archaeological
Scholar and rose to the position of its Director. From 1977 to
1984 he served the Indian Museum, Calcutta as Director-Secretary
and later became the Professor of Archaeology in the University
of Calcutta. Dr. Ray was the 3rd Chairman of the Indian National
Committee of ICOM.
Dr Ray has profusely contributed in diverse fields of Archaeology,
History, Numismatics and Museology. His works include 'Early
History and Culture of Kashmir'; 'Stratigraphic Evidence of Coins
in Indian Excavations and some allied issues' and 'Coins &
Culture - An Archaeological Approach'.
By Dr hyamal Kanti Chakravarti
(formaer Chairman INC-ICOM and former Director Indian Museum,