Janaki Ammal & Ranjit Roy Chaudhury

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Janaki Ammal & Ranjit Roy Chaudhury

Janaki Ammal Edavalath Kakkat

Born:4 November 1897

Died:7 February 1984

  • She was an Indian botanist who conducted scientific research in cytogenetics and phytogeography.
  • Her most notable work involves those on sugarcane and the eggplant(Brinjal).
  • She has collected various valuable plants of medicinal and economic value from the rain forests of Kerala.
  • She went to Michigan again as the first Oriental Barbour Fellow and obtained her D.Sc. in 1931.
  • She is mentioned among Indian Americans of the Century in an India Currents magazine article published on January 1, 2000.
  • She served as the Director-General of the BSI.
  • She was in the service of the government of India in various capacities including heading the Central Botanical Laboratory at Allahabad, and was officer on special duty at the Regional Research Laboratory in Jammu.
  • She worked for a brief period at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre at Trombay before settling down in Madras in November 1970 as an Emeritus Scientist at the Centre for Advanced Study in Botany, University of Madras.
  • She was elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1935, and of the Indian National Science Academy in 1957.
  • The Government of India conferred the Padma Shri on her in 1977.
  • The Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Government of India instituted the National Award of Taxonomy in her name in 2000.

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Ranjit Roy Chaudhury

Born: 4 November 1930

Died: 27 October 2015

  • He was an Indian clinical pharmacologist, medical academic and health planner, who headed the National Committee for formulating the policy and guidelines on drugs and clinical trials in India.
  • He was the chairman of the joint programme of World Health Organization and Government of India on Rational Use of Drugs in India.
  • He was the founder president of the Delhi Medical Council and the president of the Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs.
  • A recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award and the Dr. B. C. Roy Award, Chaudhury was awarded the fourth highest civilian award of the Padma Shri by the Government of India, in 1998.
  • When the Indian Council of Medical Research set up the Toxicology Review Panel, he was appointed as its founder chairman.
  • He was one of the co-founders of Delhi Medical Council, working as its founder president and served PGIMER as the chairman of its selection committee, while retaining his position as a WHO consultant.
  • Chaudhury, the first Indian doctor to receive a Rhodes Scholarship in 1955, was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and a recipient of the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from the Chulalongkorn University.
  • The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
  • He was also a recipient of awards such as Vishisht Bihari Samman, Unichem Award, Chulalongkorn University Award, and the Amrut Modi Award of the UNITRUST.

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