Prof. Tushar Kanti Chakraborty is an Indian organic chemist and a professor at the Indian Institute of Science. He has served as a director of Central Drug Research Institute and as a chief scientist at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology. He is known for the discovery of novel macrocyclic systems. He is an elected fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences, India and the Indian Academy of Sciences. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the apex agency of the Government of India for scientific research, awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, one of the highest Indian science awards, in 2002, for his contributions to chemical sciences.
T. K. Chakraborty completed his BSc honours in 1977 at Presidency College, (then under Calcutta University) and did his masters in 1979 and PhD in 1984 in Chemistry before moving to University of Pennsylvania where to his post-doctoral studies at the laboratory of K. C. Nicolaou. He returned to India in 1987 and started his career as a scientist at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology. He served IICT for more than two decades; during his tenure at IICT, he was an exchange visitor at Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Moscow in 1989 and a visiting scientist at Scripps Research Institute from 1992 to 1994. At IICT, he rose to the position of chief scientist in 2008 when he was appointed as the director of Central Drug Research Institute to superannuate from service in 2013. Post-retirement, he has served as a professor at the Indian Institute of Science since 2014.