Molecular Bio-Physics Unit,
Professor Padmanabhan Balram is a leading, internationally renowed bio-organic chemist of India. Born in 1949, he received his Masterís degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1969. He went on to obtain PhD from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, and did a yearís post-doctoral work with Nobel Laureate Professor R B Woodward at Harvard University. He returned to India in 1973, and joined as lecturer in Indian Institute of Sciences Bangalore, where he has remained since. He became a Professor in 1986 and is presently Chairman of the Molecular Biophysics Unit in IISc.
Professor Balram is a prolific researcher, having published about 270 research papers in the area of bio-organic chemistry. His main interest has been the synthesis of polypeptides, their characterization using NMR and other techniques, and study of their interactions with ions and various molecules. He has been able to combine theory with experiment very remarkably and has reached great heights in research.
Professor Balramís work has been widely hailed, and he has received many laurels from peer bodies. To mention a few, the Young Scientist Medal of Indian National Science Academy in 1977, the S S Bhatnagar prize in 1986 and the G D Birla Award in 1994. He is fellow of several societies including the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, and the Third World Academy of Sciences, Trieste.
In addition to carrying out his own research, Professor Balram has guided several PhD and post-doctoral students, some of whom have already established themselves as outstanding scientists in India and abroad. He is member of several Editorial Boards, and has been Editor of the Current Science Journal. He has rendered singular service to the scientific community in this capacity. Besides, he is an acclaimed speaker in research for a, much sought after for his lucid and scholarly lectures. He is also an ardent spokesman for science in this country.
IIT Kanpur takes pride in the achievements of its alumnus, Dr Balram. In recognition of his exemplary zeal and dedication to science, in general, and to his field of research, in particular, the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, hereby confers on Professor P Balram its Distinguished Alumnus Award.