Tara Dasgupta joined the staff at the UWI in 1974 as a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry. His reputation for considerable research output was of high quality and only six years after he joined the UWI he was appointed the first professor of Inorganic Chemistry.
Professor Dasgupta communicated a sense of research purpose and had an uncanny ability to inspire young people to follow his lead; he has produced over 40 MPhil and PhD Graduates- a number that keeps increasing.
Through his ability to remain undeterred by scarce financial resources, Professor Dasgupta
Acquired 500 MHz NMR spectrometer and other major research instruments
Established vigorous research programmes in Reaction Mechanism, Electron Transfer Reactions, Solvation Thermodynamics, Pesticide Degradation Processes and Enzyme Models
Attracted numerous sizable grants to the Department
He implemented an arrangment for a laboratory for Organic Chemistry research to eb supprted by Tanaud international. He also upgraded and enlarged the Jamaica Equine Testign Laboratory.
In 1979 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). He has received numerous prestigious awards. In 2013 he received the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) from the Government of Jamaica. Professor Dasgupta continues to direct his research team in Pesticide Analysis and Reaction Kinetics.