Professor Shonku is a fictional scientist created by Satyajit Ray (1921–1992) in a series of Bengali science fiction books published from 1965. His full name is Trilokeshwar Shonku, and by occupation, he is an inventor. He is the son of Dr. Tripureshwar Shonku.
The real name of Professor Shonku is Trilokeshwar Shonku. He lives in Giridih. He has a male-servant named Prohlad and a cat named Newton. In his story “The Astronaut’s Diary” (Byomjatrir diary) Ray introduced Professor Shonku, the protagonist of his science-fiction stories.
Professor Shonku’s father Tripureshwar was a physician. Professor Shonku was born on 16 June. His nickname is Tilu. Professor Shonku passed matriculation examination of the University of Calcutta at the age of 12. At the age of 16, Professor Shonku received his BSc degree with honours in two subjects, Physics and Chemistry. In Satyajit Ray’s last finished novel of the series, Swarnaparnee, that was initially published in the Special Puja issue of Anandamela children’s magazine in 1992, it was mentioned that at the age of 20, Professor Shonku took his first job as a professor of physics in Calcutta’s Scottish Church College.
Professor Shonku is a polyglot who knows 69 languages. His pet cat ‘Newton’ is 24 years old.