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Biographical entry Banerji, Lilat Mohan (1880 - 1968)

MRCS 1914; FRCS 1915; MBCalcutta 1904.

23 March 1880
Rawalpindi, India
Calcutta, India
Anatomist and General surgeon


Banerji was born on 23 March 1880 at Rawalpindi where his father was Head of the American Presbyterian Mission School. He joined the Calcutta Medical School in 1897 and qualified from there in 1904.

After serving many appointments in Calcutta Banerji went to England and obtained his English Fellowship in 1915. He returned to India to become Professor of Anatomy and later Professor of Surgery in Calcutta, a post he held for five years. Professor Banerji next became Professor of Surgery at the R G Kar Medical College where he worked for 15 years. During this period he also became President of the Association of Surgeons of India and a member of the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Surgery. He also worked as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Calcutta for many years.

After retirement he continued to live in Calcutta and died quietly at his home at 70 Harrison Road at the age of eighty. Banerji was a great friend of Sir Gordon Gordon-Taylor and examined with him many times in the Primary Fellowship examinations in Calcutta.

Devotion to science was a pleasure to him and for relaxation he used constantly to study anatomy. He was a devout Christian and all his activities were based on a complete dedication to God. Though a bachelor, Banerji was always very interested in the affairs and problems of his brothers and sisters, and he bequeathed his entire property to a trust from which an orphanage and a widows home were run, and contributions to the Church maintained. He was a great teacher, philosopher, and a lifelong guide to his many pupils.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from Professor Chattopadhyay].

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