Postal Stamp Image : RAMNATH CHOPRA 1095 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 17/08/1983
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.50
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1095
Postal Stamp Name : RAMNATH CHOPRA
Stamp Information : RAM NATH CHOPRA Sir Ram Nath Chopra, acclaimed today as the Father of Pharmacology in India, was born on August: 17, 1882. He obtained the degree of M.D. (Medicine) for his original work on experimental pharmacology at the Cambridge University in 1908, after which he returned to India to take up a medical career. Chopra was appointed the first Professor of Pharmacology in the newly established Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine in 1921, while simultaneously heading the Department of Pharmacology at the Calcutta Medical College. This dual role as Professor of Pharmacology in a Postgraduate Research Institute (viz. the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine) and in an Undergraduate Training Centre (viz. Calcutta Medical College), afforded him as excellent opportunity for placing Pharmacology on the 'medical map' of India. In doing so, Chopra not only inspired a number of promising Indian scientists to take up Pharmacology as a career but also encouraged them to undertake scientific studies on Indian herbal remedies. The very first introduction and systematic study of the now well-known herb- Rauwolfia serpantina (i.e. Sarpagandha of Ayurveda) was possible due to Chopra's original researches at the School of Tropical Medicine, Calcutta. Among Chopra's many publications, Indigenous Drugs of India, Glossary of Indian Medical Plants, Poisonous Plants of India and Drug Addiction in India, are considered as monumental contributions to Indian Pharmacology and are being used even today as reference works. Due to Chopra's untiring efforts, the first Indian Pharmacopoeia, complied in 1955, incorporated some indigenous drugs studied at the School of Tropical Medicine. In the post-independence era, Chopra was instrumental in establishing the first National Drug Research Institute of India, at Lucknow (the present Central Drug Research Institute), in collaboration with his worthy student and later colleague- Dr. B. Mukherjee. Several honours and awards were conferred on Ram Nath Chopra, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Indian Pharmacology and study of indigenous drugs. He was created a Knight in 1941 by the British Government. He was the Member-President of a number of important National Committees on Drugs. Chopra was also the recipient of the coveted Minto Gold Medal and the Squibb award. He was appointed Director of the Drug Research Laboratory at Srinagar between 1941 and 1957 and Honorary Scientific Advisor to the Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu (from 1958 onwards). Chopra's name is thus synonymous with not only Pharmacology but pioneering researchers on herbal drugs in India. His glory was that of a pioneer and a crusader blazing the trail in a so far untrodden field, full of potentialities. Chopra was equally well known for his humility, courtesy and kindness. Ram Nath Chopra passed away in Kashmir on June 13, 1973. (Text by courtesy: Indian Council of Medical Research). Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department is happy to issue a commemorative stamp in his honour.
Philatelic Stamp Description : Description of Design: The stamp, designed by India Security Press, Nasik shows Ram Nath Chopra with the School of Tropical Medicine, Calcutta in the background. First Day Cover has been designed by R. C. Sharma and cancellation by Alka Sharma.
Stamp Currency : R
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.06 x 2.7
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.71 x 2.3 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 40
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Horizontal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked indigenous stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 15,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Red Brown
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