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Records of the General Electric Company of India Ltd, with personal papers of P. Ghosh


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The papers comprise papers of the GEC of India Ltd., together with personal papers of P. Ghosh, a senior executive of the Company, relating to his professional career.


  • Creation: 1945-1998


2.55 Linear metres (17 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7388].

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MSS. Eng. c. 7388-7402, d. 3811-3812

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15684


Papers of the General Electric Company of India Ltd, with personal papers of P. Ghosh (b.1926), Indian electrical engineer.

Biographical / Historical

Panchu Gopal (P.) Ghosh was born in 1926 at Simla, India, the son of Niharbala and Rai Sahib Ashutosh Ghosh, Assistant Deputy Director-General of Posts and Telegraphs for the Government of India. He was educated at the Modern High School at New Delhi and the Presidency College, Calcutta. Between 1948 and 1951 Ghosh initially worked in the railway industry, resigning as a Junior Electrical Chargeman to join the GEC of India Ltd as a trainee in the Contracts Department. He was to remain with this company for the rest of his working life, transferring to the Fan Sales Department as an assistant in 1955, then becoming an increasingly senior manager in successive reorganisations of the fan-making operation, culminating as Deputy Head of the Fans Division by the time of his retirement in 1984.

Ghosh was an active member of several professional organisations: the Institution of Electrical Engineers, London; the Institute of Standards Engineers, India; the Indian Standards Institution, representing the fan making industry; the Fan Makers Association of India, representing the Company and serving as chairman 1963-5; and the Indian Engineering Association. In 1975 Ghosh was the Indian delegate to the International Electrotechnical Commission's meeting at the Hague, Netherlands, and in 1977 he served on the Indian Government's Working Group on Reliability Engineering in India.


The papers have been arranged in series of reports, administrative and technical papers and publications relating to GEC of India and associated companies, and papers of P. Ghosh relating to his career and professional activities.

Custodial History

The material was generated and collected by P. Ghosh in the course of his career with the GEC of India Ltd.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Bodleian Library by P.G. Ghosh (through the good offices of his nephew, Ayan Ghosh) in 2005.

Related Materials

Records of GEC of India's parent company in the United Kingdom, the General Electric Company, are included in the Marconi Archives (MSS. Marconi 1-4027; MSS. Photogr. a. 18-37; b. 60-136; c. 234-456; d. 43-157; e. 33-50).

Catalogue of records of the General Electric Company of India Ltd
Finding aid prepared by Michael Hughes
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom