The Asiatic Society
( Founded in 1784 )

1, PARK STREET, KOLKATA : 700 016
INDIA



THE FOUNDER

RESEARCH & ACTIVITIES

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BOTH IN HUMANITIES AND SCIENCE, The Asiatic Society took the leadership in initiating genuine researches on western lines. There is no field, which was not touched by the Society, and Transactions and journals of the Society were the mirror of these researches. The pages of these publications speaks eloquently of the range and depth of these studies covering Mathematical and Physical Sciences including Meteorology, tidal observations, laws of storms, Geology both Stratigraphical and Dynamical, Mineralogy, Zoology, Botany including Palaeo-Botany, Geography, Ethnology, Chemistry, etc.

The Society remained the chief advisory body to the Government of India in matters relating to all kinds of scientific subjects. It was the initial activities of The Asiatic Society in different branches of Science the led to the foundation of the Trigonometrical Survey of India in 1818, the Geological Survey of India in 1851 the Indian Metrological Department in 1875, the Zoological Survey of India in 1911, the Botanical Survey of India in 1912 and so on. Many other distinguished scientific institutions and organizations were possible because of the help of the Society at their inception. Some of these are the Indian Science Congress (estd. 1913), the School of Tropical Medicine, The University of Calcutta ( estd. 1857) whose first Vice-Chancellor was the President of The Asiatic Society, Chief Justice Sir J W Colvile. Even the Indian National Academy of Sciences and its preparation of a national history of Scientific Studies


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