[Taxacom] Professor TC Narendran passed away
drkprajesh at gmail.com
Wed Jan 1 08:13:13 CST 2014
It is with great enthusiasm we have informed you all the release of the
latest issue of SAMAGRA (vol. 9) (26 December 2013), which contains five
new curious insects from the Western Ghats by Prof. TC
Narendran. Unfortunately that rejoicing mood ended soon. The eminent
entomologist, Prof. TC Narendran passed away on the early morning of 31st
December, 2013. He was very active and enthusiastic till his death at the
age of 69. The Centre for Research in Indigenous Knowledge Science &
Culture (CRIKSC <http%3a//crikscsamagra.blogspot.in>) lost one of its ever
inspiring founder members.
Prof. TCN has described more than 1000 species of new insects. Most of
them are parasites, which control the population of other insects. He
usually says that all his achievements are due to the blessings of his
guru, Prof. M.S. Mani, the noted Indian entomologist. Trained in the
Natural History Museum (London) and Smithsonian Institution (Washington),
Prof. TCN has maintained high standards in his research. He has been
working in close association with the renounced entomologists such as Dr.
Z. Boucek (UK), Dr. D. Kovac (Germany), Dr. K. Konishi (Japan), etc.
Major part of his life was as the faculty member of the Zoology Department
of University of Calicut. He also headed the Department for some period.
For the last many years he has been associated with the Western Ghat
Regional Centre of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kozhikode, Kerala
as an Emeritus Scientist. He has published more than 350 research papers,
9 books, including 6 research monographs. More than 25 students have so far
been awarded doctoral degrees under him.
He was a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences <http://www.ias.ac.in/>,
and a recipient of the prestigious EK Janaki Ammal Award for Taxonomy
instituted by the Government of India. To promote the studies on insects,
he has established the Prof. TC Narendran Trust for Animal
With the sad demise of Prof TCN, India lost a dedicated taxonomist, and a
noble person, who was ready to help the youngsters.
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