Renowned scientist Pushpa Mitra Bhargava passes away

Aug 2, 2017 13:41 IST

Pushpa Mitra (PM) Bhargava, a veteran molecular biologist and a ardent critic of Genetically Modified crops, passed away on 1 August 2017 following a prolonged illness. He was 89.

Bhargava was the Founder-Director of Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).

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About Pushpa Mitra Bhargava
Bhargava was born in Ajmer, Rajasthan.

He studied at Theosophical College, Lucknow and Queen's College, Varanasi and completed his BSc in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in 1944.

He obtained his MSc in organic chemistry in 1946 and received his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from the Lucknow University.

He went to the USA in 1953 and worked as a project associate at a laboratory for cancer research.

He was one of the leading scientists who led to the discovery of 5-fluorouracil, an anticancer drug.

He founded the CCMB in 1977 as an institution for research in basic biology and for seeking its application for the benefit of society.

He opposed the approval of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in India and called for a moratorium of at least 15 years on genetically modified crops in the country.

Bhargava is a recipient of over 100 national and international honours and awards, including the Padma Bhushan in 1986 and the Legion d'Honneur in 1998 of France.


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