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Purushottam Jaikrishna Deoras

Medical biologist

Purushottam Jaikrishna Deoras, Indian medical biologist. Recipient Gold medal Zoological Congress, 1980. Hindu Education Fund scholar, 1938-1941; Rockefeller Foundation fellow, 1959; Doctor Sree Narayana Bhansali lecturer award Bombay Medical Union, 1977.


Deoras, Purushottam Jaikrishna was born on July 20, 1909 in Bilaspur, India. Son of Jaikrishna Sadashiva and Radhabai Jaikrishna (Harpal) Deoras.


Bachelor of Science, Nagpur University, 1931, Master of Science, 1933, Bachelor of Laws, 1935. Doctor of Philosophy., University Durham, 1940.


Assistant to imperial entomologist Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1941-1943. Professor zoology Fergusson College, Poona, 1943-1946. Entomologist Geigy Insecticides, Bombay, 1946-1948.

Professor entomology, M.A.C.S., Poona, 1948-1950. Assistant director, head entomology department Haffkine Institute, Bombay, 1951-1969. Postgraduate guide, consultant, since 1969.

Member presidium 1st International Congress Snakes, Caracas, Venezuela, 1976. Member government board prevention of water pollution, for wildlife, since 1976. Member expert advisory panel plague World Health Organization, since 1956.

President Society Clean Environment. Honorary secretary Friends of the Trees. Vice president Society Clean Cities.


  • Author books, articles on rats, insects, environmental, also chapters on rats, snakes in 3 books.


Member New York Academy of Sciences, International Society Toxicology, Entomological Society, Zoological Society, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, Indian Society Ecology, Pan American Medical Association.


Married Vatsala Ghate, June 21, 1936.

Jaikrishna Sadashiva Deoras

Radhabai Jaikrishna (Harpal) Deoras

Vatsala Ghate