The Calcutta Medical College which was founded in 1835, is Asia’s oldest medical school.
Kolkata is home to the oldest golf course outside the British Isles at The Royal Calcutta Golf Club.
The establishment of Medical College in Calcutta started on 28th January,1835. Officially, it began on 20th February. However, it started functioning from 1st June onwards with 50 students.
Kolkata based physician Subhash Mukhopadhyay was the second doctor to perform a successful in-vitro fertilization in the world leading th the birth of Kanupriya Agarwal, alias Durga.
Kolkata based accountant Amitava Banerjee is the first single man in India (and South Asia) to father an in-vitro fertilised baby
In 1870, Wilhelm Siemens successfully demonstrated the exchange of telegrams from London to Calcutta that took only an hour.
Kolkata has a nickname, the 'City of Palaces' , because of the abundance of European-style buildings.
Greater Kolkata has more than 30 museums, which cover a wide variety of fields. The Indian Museum, founded in 1814, is the oldest in India and is the largest museum of its kind in the country. It is the ninth oldest regular museum of the world, and is the oldest institution of its kind in Asia Pacific region.
In 1795, two mahogany saplings were brought from West Indies and planted at Shibpur Botanical Gardens. They were the first mahogany trees grown in Indian soil.
Kolkata was the original headquarters of IBM Corporation in India before shifting to Bangalore on its return to operations in the country.