National Research Professor at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Obaid Siddiqi, died in a Bangalore hospital on 26 July 2013. He was 81. Siddiqi, met with a road accident which caused him severe brain injuries.
Siddiqi was honoured with several awards, including Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, BC Roy Award for Biomedical Research and Firodia Award for Basic Sciences.
Life Sketch of Obaid Siddiqi
• He was born in 1932 in Uttar Pradesh and was educated at Aligarh Muslim University and the University of Glasgow.
• He carried out post doctoral research at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, and the MRC Laboratory in Cambridge.
• At the invitation of Homi Bhabha, he established the Molecular Biology Unit at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bombay in 1962.
• Thirty years later in 1992, he became the founding director of the TIFR National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, where he continued to do research until his last days.
• He mapped the fine genetic structure of the pabA gene and found polarised negative interference in crossing-over. Later he showed that recombinant bacteria inherit labeled DNA of biparental origin.
Who: Obaid Siddiqi.
When: 21 july 2013.