Dr. Somnath Gangopadhyay was born in 1961 in Calcutta in a family having high academic background. His father was an eminent scientist in the field of Organic Chemistry and a direct disciple of Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy. After successfully completing his post graduation in Physiology in the year 1984,Dr. Gangopadhyay pursued his doctoral work in Calcutta University under the guidance of Prof. R.N. Sen in the field of Occupational Ergonomics.The title of his Ph D thesis was “INTEGRATED ERGONOMICS AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH STUDIES ON WORKERS ENGAGED IN MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY, SAFETY AND HEALTH”.He was awarded his doctoral degree in the year 1993 and he began his career as an Ergonomist and Work Physiologist in a renowned steel plant under Steel Authority of India Limited at Bhilai, India. After working for 5 years, he joined the University of Calcutta in 1997 as a Lecturer in Ergonomics Laboratory, Department of Physiology. Presently he is the Professor, Occupational Ergonomics Lab.Dept of Physiology in the same department of the University.
Dr. Gangopadhyay is the only Ergonomist in India who has a unique distinction of having an experience of working both in a premier industry as well as in a University of international repute. Till date he is actively involved in extensive research activity, which is evident from the innumerable publications of his work in international journals. He has attended and was the Chairperson in different national and international seminars on Occupational Health & Ergonomics. He also had the privilege of visiting different countries for academic purposes like USA, Taiwan, Austria, South Africa, Nether Lands and China. He has also organized different workshops, symposiums, seminars and orientation programme. Because of his expertise in the field of ergonomics, he has been invited by a number of national as well as international organizations to perform extensive study for the enhancement of productivity and betterment of overall work organization.