Prem Chand Pandey & Fateh Singh Rathore
Prem Chand Pandey
Born: 10 August 1945
- He is an Indian scientist and academic in the fields of Satellite Oceanography, Remote Sensing, Atmospheric Science, Antarctic, and Climate Change.
- He obtained his Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Electronics and science respectively from Allahabad University.
- He completed his D.Phil. degree from the same university(on microwaves) in 1972.
- In 1966, Pandey became a lecturer in DAV Degree College, Azamgarh.
- From 1968 to 1972 he was the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Research Fellow at the microwave research laboratory of the Department of Physics, University of Allahabad, and from 1973 to 1977 a research officer at the Central Water and Power Research Station, Khadakwasla.
- In 1977 he joined the Space Applications Centre(SAC)/ ISRO, Ahmedabad and became the founder head of the Oceanic Sciences Division/ Meteorology and Oceanography Group/ Remote Sensing Applications Area (OSD/ MOG/ RESA).
- He worked for the next twenty years at SAC.
- In the 1980s he was also a research associate at the NASA – Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, where he worked on the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite and SEASAT programs.
- During 1997-2005, he was the founding director of the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR)/Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Goa.
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Fateh Singh Rathore
Born: 10 August 1938
Died: 1 March 2011
- He was an Indian tiger conservationist.
- He joined the Indian Forest Service in 1960 and was part of the first Project Tiger team.
- He was widely acknowledged as the tiger guru for his legendary knowledge of the big cat.
- He worked for over 50 years in wildlife conservation.
- He was noted for his pioneering relocation of villages from inside the Ranthambhore National Park in 1973–75.
- Largely because of him, “Ranthambhore became the place which brought the tiger to the consciousness of people the world over.”
- He loved the forest service and grew very interested in conservation.
- He was posted as a game warden at Sariska when there were still tigers there.
- He worked at Mount Abu Game Reserve between 1963 and 1970.
- He was posted in 1971 as a game warden in Ranthambhore.
- The area of RNP, though degraded, still existed as a forest because it was the game reserve of the royal family of Jaipur.
- He was sent to the Wildlife Institute of India for training, in the first batch of forest officers to be trained there in 1969.
- While there he showed a greater aptitude for fieldwork and was not too interested in theory.
- He fared well there and his guru, S. R. Choudhury, recognized his potential.
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