Dr. Surya Pada Dey
23-06-1931 – 23-01-2014
The most revered, Dr. S.P. Dey, the great banyan tree in the field of Homoeopathy, left this mundane world on January 23rd, 2014 in Kolkata, West Bengal. May the Almighty keep his soul in peace in the heavenly lap and also give the strength to bear this massive loss to Dr. Dey’s family, his disciples, followers and the entire Homoeopathic fraternity.
Surya Pada Dey known as Dr. S.P.Dey was born on June 23rd, 1931 at Kapilmuni village under Kulna district in the then East Pakistan (now, Bangladesh). In his childhood he had to face many economic crises that compelled him to do more physical labour than study. As a youngster he suffered from typhoid which did not respond to Allopathic treatment, and he was cured by an HMB doctor at his village, with homoeopathic medicine. This kindled in him the desire to be a Homoeopath. In 1950 he left his village with consent from his mother and took himself to Kolkata without any certain shelter, but determined to have an education. Once there he managed to get along by teaching. Meanwhile he got admission to the DMS course in D.N. De Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital Kolkata. In 1957, he passed the final DMS exams and stood first among all students of the state, and was awarded a gold medal for his brilliant work. He was fortunate at that time, to become the disciple of Dr. M.C Laha, an accomplished Homeopath who had converted from Allopathy. Soon after graduation Dr. Dey was accepted as a teacher at his own college. In 1958 he married Sabita Rani, and in the same year he was admitted to the Royal London Homoeopathic College to obtain the degree D.F. Hom. At the school, he was privileged to be a direct student of D.M Foubister and John Weir. The D.F Hom (London) was awarded to him in 1959, and he was praised for his exceptional brilliance in clinical medicine.
After returning from abroad he joined as a full-time teacher at D.N De Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata. He was blessed to be able to work with the legendary doctors B.K Bose and J.N. Majumder during his practice and teaching. From 1970 onwards, he shared his ideas and experiences so passionately and with such clarity that the homoeopathic fraternity was delighted with his presence as a true Acharya in Homoeopathy. For more than 50 years he regularly presented lectures at National and International seminars and symposiums. He also contributed greatly to the homoeopathic literature, through his many articles and books. His writings are internationally acclaimed and considered milestones in the history of homoeopathic literature. Whatever is said about Dr S.P Dey, ‘Acharya’ will not be sufficient for him. Though he is no longer in physical form, he lives on in his writings and in the lives of those he taught and helped.