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Somnath Chatterjee (1929-2018)

It is with great sadness that we note the death of Honorary Fellow Somnath Chatterjee (1950).

A lawyer, politician, and parliamentarian, Mr Chatterjee served 10 terms in the Lok Sabha (lower chamber of the Indian parliament) between 1971 and 2009, acting as its Speaker for his final term.

Mr Chatterjee came to Jesus College after attending the University of Calcutta. He graduated with a BA in Law in 1952 and was called to the bar at Middle Temple in 1953. He took up legal practice as an advocate at the Calcutta High Court before joining active political life. He became an Honorary Fellow in 2007.