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Sunil Kumar

Late Sunil Kumar Gangopadhyay, PhD, FIC, MIIChE

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Sunil Kumar Gangopadhyay, 2016; Acrylic on Canvas by Suchismita Gangopadhyay, December 25, 2016
Sunil Kumar Gangopadhyay, 2016; Acrylic on Canvas by Suchismita Gangopadhyay, December 25, 2016

Somerset, NJ - With heavy heart, we share that Dr. Sunil Kumar Gangopadhyay, 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset at Somerville after an extended, courageous fight with kidney disease and pneumonia.


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He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Bani (Mahata) Gangopadhyay; his sons, Shubhagat Gangopadhyay and Sandipan Gangopadhyay; his daughters-in-law, Sunita (Bhardwaj) Gangopadhyay and Dhirja (Sahni) Gangopadhyay; his brother Sailapati Ganguly; his sisters, Sulova Mukherjee, Sulekha Mukherjee; grandchildren, Shonal, Suchisman, Suchismita, Shilpa, Suchisrit, Suchisneil; and many close relatives and friends.

Moscow, Russia


Oss, Netherlands


BICP, New Delhi, India


Kali Bari, Delhi


Vinay Nagar School, Delhi


Norwegian Gem


Early Years

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Born in Kolkata in 1934 to Sudhir Chandra Gangopadhyay and Katyayani Gangopadhyay, his initial years reflected the struggles of the young nation as India gained freedom in the midst of war and famine. He treated life as a great adventure and worked in multiple careers and lived in different cities around the world. He served as the General Secretary of the Calcutta University Students Union and taught at the Suri Vidyasagar College in Suri, West Bengal, India. Dr Sunil Kumar Gangopadhyay did his PhD in Organic Chemistry on isoquinoline derivatives as possible amebicides, working under Professor Uma Prasanna Basu at the Bengal Immunity Research Institute in Kolkata, India.


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Dr Gangopadhyay was trained in pharmaceutical manufacturing in Moscow, Russia and lectured on pharmaceutical processes on Moscow Radio. He became one of the founding staff of Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd in Hyderabad, India.

He later worked in Oss, Netherlands and in Kolkata, India for the Dutch company, Organon where he invented processes for manufacture of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin helpful in sustaining the growing fetus during pregnancy. In operationalizing the synthesizing process, he contracted kidney disease and loss that he lived with for over four decades.

He joined the Central Government of India in New Delhi, India, in the 1970s and retired in 1992 as Chief Advisor to the Government of India. During his tenure, he was instrumental in liberalizing the Indian economy through a number of Drug Pricing Control Orders in the pharmaceutical sector, along with steel, paper, cement and others. He worked in Washington, DC at the World Bank on introducing industrialization best practices to South East Asian countries such as Indonesia. After retirement, he founded and ran a successful Acetaminophen manufacturing unit in Maharashtra, India.

He was a Member of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of Institute of Chemists.

Other Interests

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He was an avid devotee of Mother Kali, having lost his own mother at a young age. He served as the president of the Durga Puja Committee of the New Delhi Kali Bari for a number of years in the 1980s, presided over Vinay Nagar Bengali Senior Secondary School in Delhi and the Netaji Nagar Durga Puja Committee. With his wife, Bani and Suvra Mukherjee, deceased wife of the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, he also hosted and supported performances in the songs and dances of Shri Rabindranath Tagore in Delhi, India.

Dr Gangopadhyay lived his life to the fullest and gathered a legion of admirers and well-wishers during his lifetime. His open hearted laughter, frank opinions on every matter and his kind guidance will be missed but not forgotten.


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A Hindu chapel service for Dr Gangopadhyay was held on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 1 PM ET at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick, NJ in memory of Dr. Gangopadhyay. A cremation service followed immediately after the chapel service.

Funeral, Franklin Park


Funeral, Franklin Park


Pall Bearers




Hom Ceremony, Ananda Mandir


Shraddh Ceremony, Ananda Mandir


:The Gangopadhyay family and friends
December 28, 2016

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