Professor Shonku

Professor Shonku

Professor Shonku is a fictional scientist created by Satyajit Ray (1921–1992) in a series of Bengali science fiction books published from 1965. He is one of the most important characters in the science fiction of Bengal. His full name is Trilokeshwar Shonku, and by occupation, he is a physicist and an inventor. He is the son of Dr. Tripureshwar Shonku.

Shanku O Adim Manush (Shanku and Homo afarensis)
Shanku O Adim Manush (Shanku and Homo afarensis)
This story of Professor Shanku starts when Heinrich Klein, a German anthropologist, comes across what he conjectures to be a population of Homo afarensis in the Amazon, and manages to capture a specimen and bring him to Germany. International fame soon follows, and he invites Shanku to come and observe the ape. At the time, Shanku had been working on a drug that accelerates evolution and tested it successfully. Foreseeing a rare opportunity of witnessing the early and advanced forms of humans side by side, he accepts the invitation, realizing little that his drug may have uses that he had not foreseen.
Manrow Dwiper Rahasya
Manrow Dwiper Rahasya
Professor Shanku again. This time, Shanku finds himself in an expedition to an island in which presumably no one had set foot for the last three centuries. The reason – a message in a bottle from a certain Dr. Hector Manrow, who was traveling in a ship that had been looted by Caribbean pirates in 1622. Apparently, the pirates and Manrow became stranded soon after that in an island. But what was interesting to the explorers was Manrow’s disclosure that the island had a certain fruit whose near-ambrosia like benefits could change human civilization forever.
Moru Rahasya
Moru Rahasya
A scientist whom Shonku knew, Demetrius, goes missing all of a sudden. Shonku is informed by his friend Summerville, and the two set out to find Demetrius. Events and trails lead Shonku and Somerville to the Sahara desert, where they discover an astonishing truth about Demetrius and his newest invention, which he had tested on himself before his disappearance.
Professor Shonku o Robu
Professor Shonku o Robu
In Giridih, Professor Shonku makes a robot and names it Robu. One unique feature of Robu is he can solve difficult mathematical problems. Professor Paumer from Germany sends a letter to Professor Shonku, desires to see his work (i.e. the robot) and invites him to Germany. Professor Shonku accepts the invitation and reaches Heidelberg, Germany. In Heidelberg, Robu amazes Professor Paumer by its intelligence and capability of solving mathematical equations. Professor Paumer tells Professor Shonku about Professor Borgelt who also has been researching on Robotics. Professor Borgelt meets Professor Shonku, checks Robu's intelligence and invites Professor Shonku to his palace. On the next evening, when Professor Shonku goes to Professor Borgelt's palace attending his invitation, Professor Borgelt gives him offer to buy his robot. When Professor Shonku rejects his offer, Professor Borgelt attempts to kill him. Robu miraculously saves Professor Shonku and Professor Shonku find a very surprising fact about Professor Borgelt's robotics research.
Prof. Sonku o Aschorjo putul
Prof. Sonku o Aschorjo putul
Professor Shonku o Aschorjo Putul (English translation: Professor Shonku and the Strange Doll) was first published in Sarodiya Sandesh magazine, in February 1965.
Professor Shonku o Chi Ching
Professor Shonku o Chi Ching
A chinese magician failed to hypnotise pr. Shonku. After some years the magician came in Shonku's house.when the magician leaved the house shonku saw a lizard eating his dangerous acids like anihilin acid and nitro-anihilin and transferring to a chinese dragon!shonku fired the electric pistol, his invention, to slay the dragon. But it didn't worked! At the next moment shonku became senseless. When he gained sense he understood the magician chi-ching had hypnotised him!
Professor Shonku o Har
Professor Shonku o Har
Professor Shonku meets a fakir who has this ability to re-animate a living thing from its bones. Shonku tries to investigate,and to do so, he records the spell using his recorder, which enrages the fakir and causes him to curse Shonku. Later in his life, Shonku along with an assistant discovers the remains of a dinosaur in a cave. The curse starts to take effect and the dinosaur comes back to life.
Professor Shonku o Egypshio Atonko
Professor Shonku o Egypshio Atonko
British archaeologist James Summerton finds more than 30 Mummies in the Egyptian city Bubastis. Professor Shonku goes to Egypt and joins Summerton's team. At the same time, an Egyptian person threatens Shonku and asks to stop the excavation. Shonku ignores the warning. Summerton gifts Shonku one of the Mummies he found in the excavation. Professor Shonku brings that to Giridh, India. The Egyptian person who warned Professor Shonku chases him to Giridih and claims himself as a descendant of the mummified person.
Swapnadwip (Mysterious island)
Swapnadwip (Mysterious island)
Professor Shonku is haunted by a repeating dream where he along, with his friends, are stranded on a beautiful exotic island without any inhabitants. His friends also experience the same dream. It is as if the mysterious island is beckoning great scientists of the world to it. Professor Shonku decides to go to the island. Abinash Majumdar also goes with him. There they found unknown plants and Professor Shonku falls in danger. Finally a rescue team saves them and the other scientists. In this story Abinash Babu writes in Professor Shonku's diary for the first and the only time.
Professor Shonku o UFO
Professor Shonku o UFO
Several sightings of UFOs makes headlines worldwide. However, this news is outdone by the news of the demolition of some of the greatest monuments of mankind. The Eiffel Tower and the Angkor Wat are destroyed, and the aliens are blamed. Nokurbabu joins Shonku and other scientists who discover that the UFO has its base in the Gobi desert. They find the UFO and go aboard. They are captured immediately, not by the aliens, but by a mad scientist who is the present owner of the UFO and who is in fact the destroyer of the monuments, driven because he was denied his due honour in the scientific community. His next target is the Taj Mahal.