Mihir Sen is a famous Indian swimmer and businessman. He was the first Indian to conquer the English Strait from Dover to Calais in 1958, and did so in the fourth fastest time. He was the only man to swim across the oceans of five continents in a single calendar year. These include the Palk Strait, the Dardanelles, the Bosporus, Gibraltar and the entire length of the Panama Canal. This unique achievement earned him a place in the Guinness Book of Records as "the greatest long distance swimmer in the world".
|Born||November 16, 1930, Purulia, Manbhum, Bengal Presidency, British India|
|Died||June 11, 1997, Calcutta, West Bengal, India|
|Spouse(s)||Bella Weingarten Sen|
|Awards||Padma Shri in 1959, Padma Bhushan in 1967, Blitz Nehru Trophy in 1967|
Indian swimmer known as the first Asian to swim the English Channel and the first swimmer to have crossed the Palk Straits.
He earned a degree in Law from the local Utkal University, but was forced to work at an English railway station.
Later in life, he became a silk exporter whose company was recognized by the Indian government as the country's second largest silk exporter.
His father, Ramesh Sen, was a physician.
He and Gertrude Ederle are both known for having swam across the English Channel.
- Padma Bhushan in sports
- Indian swimmer
- Alumni of Utkal University
- Male athlete swimming long distances
- People who receive Padma Shri in sports
- Hindus in Bengali
Latest information about Mihir Sen updated on June 14 2021.