Mihir Sen:facts,biography

Mihir Sen was a Indian swimmer who swam the English channel in 1958. He was the first Asian to swim the English channel.
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Mihir Sen (1930-1997)

  • He was born in a poor middle class Bengali family on 16 November, 1930, in Purulia, West Bengal.
  • His father was Ramesh Sengupta and mother was Lilabati Sengupta. Sen’s family moved to Odisha when Mihir was eight years old.
  • He studied at the Utkal University and earned a degree in law. Later, with the help of chief minister Biju Patnaik, he went to England for higher studies. 
  • Mihir Sen got his recognition in 1958, when he swam across the English Channel on 27 September 1958. Besides the English Channel, he also swam across Palk Strait in 1966, Strail of Gibraltar, the Bosporus Canal and the Panama Canal.
  • He was also a successful businessman. His company was the country’s second largest silk exporter. Later, His financial situation became unstable and lost everything he had earned.
  • He won the Padma Shri award in 1959 and Padma Bhushan in 1967. He was also listed in the Guinness Book of World Record.
  • He died in 1997.

Quick Information about Mihir Sen
Date Of Birth:16 November, 1930
Family:Father: Ramesh Sengupta, Mother: Lilabati Sen
Education:Utkal University
Known for:First asian to swim English Channel
Awards:Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan