Ramamurthi Balasubramaniam

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Ramamurthi Balasubramaniam

Born: 30 January 1922

Died: 13 December 2003

  • He was an Indian neurosurgeon, author, editor, a pioneer in neurosurgery in India and often recognized as the Father of Neurosurgery of India.
  • He set up the Department of Neurosurgery at the Government General Hospital, Chennai in 1950, the Department of Neurosurgery at the Madras Medical College and founded the Institute of Neurology, Madras in the 1970s.
  • He was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Dhanvantri Award for his contribution to the field of Neurosurgery in India.
  • Amongst the many units of neurosurgery he helped set up, the National Brain Research Centre (Manesar, near New Delhi), as an apex body for the coordination of brain research in the country, was his dream come true.
  • He also became a Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences in 1962, Fellow of the Academy of Sciences in 1972, Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy in 1981 and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine of London in 1983.
  • He was the Founder Secretary of the Neurological Society of India.
  • He was awarded the Raja-Lakshmi Award in the year 1987 by Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation Chennai.

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