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US named a mountain in Antarctica after an Indian-American scientist, Akhouri Sinha

Jul 1, 2014 12:12 IST

The United States on 30 June 2014 named a mountain in Antarctica as Mt. Sinha to honour an eminent Indian-American scientist, Akhouri Sinha. The mountain was named in recognition of Sinha’s work done as an explorer in 1971-72. Sinha’s pioneering biological research expedition has provided critical data about animal populations in Antarctica.

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Mt Sinha is a mountain of 990 meter at the southeast extremity of Erickson Bluffs in the south part of McDonalds Heights. It overlooks lower Kirkpatrick Glacier from the north in Marie Byrd Land.
 
The mountain was named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) and the US Geological Survey. Akhouri was recognised by the US Geological Survey.

About Akhouri Sinha

• He was a member of a team that catalogued population studies of seals, whales and birds in the pack ice of the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas using US Coast Guard Cutters South wind and Glaciers in 1972 and 1974. He was invited to conduct research on reproduction of Antarctic seals by the National Science Foundation Antarctic Program.
• Akhouri Sinha is an adjunct professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota
• He graduated with BSc degree from the Allahabad University in 1954 and MSc degree in Zoology from Patna University in 1956
• Before going to the US, he taught in the Department of Zoology at the Ranchi College from November 1956 to July 1961
• His forefathers migrated to Buxar in Bihar from Delhi after it was invaded by Nadir Shah of Iran in 1739

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