23 MAY RAKHALDAS BANDYOPADHYAY (1885 to 1930)
Rakhaldas Bandyopadhyay, also known as R D Banerji, was an eminent Indian archaeologist, novelist, and museum expert. Born on 12 April 1885, at Behrampore (present-day West Bengal), he completed his education at Calcutta University before joining the Indian Museum in Calcutta. He was the first to study the proto-Bangla script and his first notable publication was ‘The Origin of the Bengali Script’, published in 1919. It was awarded Calcutta University’s Jubilee Research Prize. In 1928, he left his teaching job at Calcutta University to join the Banaras Hindu University. Rakhaldas Bandyopadhyay is credited for unearthing the ruins at Mohenjo-Daro, a discovery that ultimately established the existence of the then-unknown Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilisation. Bandyopadhyay passed away on 23 May 1930, leaving behind a treasure trove of findings and writings.
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