Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar was not only the greatest homoeopath of his time in India, but also a great scientist. He was born on Nov. 2, 1833 in Paikpara, near Howrah. He appeared at the M.D. Examination in 1863 and came out first. He devoted his life wholly to the propagation of the principles of homoeopathy. The Calcutta journal of Medicine, edited by him, was started in Jan. 1868 for this purpose
In the field of physical science, Dr. Sircar has made great contributions and was a pioneer of scientific research in India. He also inspired Dr. J. C. Bose and Dr. P. C. Ray. Recurrent malarial fever and bronchial asthma clouded the evening of his life and he died on Feb. 23, 1904. India Post released a commemorative stamp on Sircar in 2009.