Padma Bhushan Coluthur Gopalan, eminent diet scientist and former Director Basic of Indian Council of Medical Analysis, who was broadly considered a father-figure in diet science in India, died right here on Thursday on account of age-related illnesses. He turned 100, final November.
Malini Seshadri, his daughter, stated he was hospitalised for chest an infection.
Dr. Gopalan, born in a conventional family in Tamil Nadu in 1918, went on to acquire a doctorate from College of London in 1949 and subsequently headed the Nationwide Institute of Vitamin, Hyderabad, from 1961 to 1974.
He was awarded Padmashri in 1970. He served because the Director Basic of Indian Council of Medical Analysis from 1974 to 1979. Amongst his achievements whereas heading ICMR was the organising of Vector Management Analysis Centre in Puducherry.
An announcement by ICMR on his demise stated that his analysis dropped at fore the totally different facets of diet, together with public well being, agriculture, and socio-economic components, particularly with respect to under-privileged sections. It stated that the analysis underneath his management contributed to initiation of main diet programmes just like the Built-in Baby Improvement Companies (ICDS). Sarath Gopalan, a doctor and son of Dr. Gopalan, stated the latter’s guide ‘Nutritive Worth of Indian Meals’ remains to be thought-about a Bible amongst diet scientists in India.
He was conferred Padam Bhushan in 2003. Among the many many awards he acquired have been World Well being Organisation’s Well being for All medal in 1988, and Worldwide Union of Vitamin Sciences’ (IUNS) award for excellent work on dietary issues in growing nations in 1989. IUNS later recognised him as a ‘Dwelling legend in diet science’ in 2013. In August this yr, Federation of Asian Vitamin Societies (FANS) conferred him the ‘Dwelling Legend Award.’
Whereas his spouse is not any extra, he’s survived by his two youngsters Ms. Malini, and Dr. Sarath.
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