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Year : 1964  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-34

Obituary- Capt. Kiran Lal Sen

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The death of Capt. K. Sen has cast a shadow on International Ophthal­mology as the ruling president of the International Congress of Ophthal­mology.

The second son of late Nanda Kumar Sen, Capt. Kiran Sen was born at Chittagong on 5th May 1894. His brilliant record at School and later at the Medical College, Calcutta gave an indication of a successful future career as an ophthalmologist.

He graduated from the Calcutta University in 1917, getting the gold medal in ophthalmology. During World War I he had joined the Indian Medical Service and served on the Salonika Front. After the war, he did some private practice at Chittagong but his love for ophthalmology made him leave a successful practice and turn to England in 1928 for special training in the subject. He got his London diploma in 1929 and the Fellowship of Edinburgh Royal Col­lege of Surgeons in 1930.

On his return, after filling a few residential appointments, he joined the Campbell Medical School as his first teaching assignment. He became Prof. of Ophthalmology of Lake Medical College in 1947 of which he be­came the principal in 1952. On closure of that hospital he joined the Eye Infirmary of the Calcutta College, which he served as professor of ophthalmology and after his retire­ment in 1958 as an emeritus profes­sor till his death.

As a teacher, he had outstanding abilities and was a good disciplinarian which came of his partiality for mili­tary services. His great interest in surgery of detachment of retina was responsible for the majority of papers on this subject as contributions to ophthalmic literature.

His other interests were in the sub­jects of prevention of blindness and nutritional disorders of vision. On the subject of experimental B 2 deficiency in rats he got his Adenwalla Oration Medal of the All-India Ophthalmolo­gical Society.

He was the Hon. Secretary of the Association for the Prevention of Blindness from 1953-1957 and its Vice-President till his death.

His pet child was the Institute of Ophthalmology in Calcutta which he helped to establish in 1961 and as its Director ever was striving to put on a firm basis and expand it.

He became the president of the All­ India Ophthalmological Society in 1955 and President of the XIXth International Congress of Ophthalmology held at Delhi in December 1962. The success of the Congress was due in not a small measure to his influence.

His extra-professional activities were numerous. In medical and ophthalmic education, his help was often sought and was freely given. He was a mem­ber and officer of many charitable in­stitutions on which he served actively. All these activities gave him little time to relax, his only pleasure being his family and his students. An out­spoken man, often misunderstood, at heart he was tender, appreciative and easily forgiving to his associates like a gentle and affectionate father.

The end came rather suddenly due to a perforated gall-bladder on 24th March, 1964 at the age of 70.

He leaves behind him his widow, a son and a daughter and a large num­ber of appreciative students, friends and colleagues.


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