The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) is a premier academic institution located in West Bengal and set up in 1959 by way of legislation by the Indian Parliament. It mainly developed from the Statistical Laboratory set up at Presidency College in 1931 by Prasanto Chandra Mahalanobis, a close aid of Nobel laureate South Asian poet Rabindranath Tagore.
The website of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) describes it as “a unique institution devoted to the research, teaching and application of statistics, natural sciences and social sciences.”
In the Geological Museum of ISI, the campus of which is situated in Baranagar, North 24 Parganas, there is a huge fossil of a dinosaur kept at the centre. The remains of the dinosaur were discovered in the birth centenary year of Tagore in the Chhotonagpur region in Jharkhand during some mining activity.
The nomenclature of this dinosaur fossil is quite interesting. As it had long legs, its first name was given as Barapasauras which is derived from “Boro pa”( in Bengali, it translates into ‘long legs’). And the last name was given after Tagore as Tagorie, which is of course to denote its discovery in the birth centenary year of the poet. So the scientific name of it then becomes Barapasauras Tagorie.
One might wonder whether there is any other dinosaur fossil in the world which is named after a poet!