Harbans Singh Randhawa
Harbans Singh Randhawa was awarded the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the School of Botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, in 1954 and 1956. He joined Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI) as an Assistant Research Officer (Mycologist) in an ICMR research project. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in medical mycology in 1964 from the University of Delhi and had postdoctoral training at the Institute of Dermatology and Chest Diseases, University of London, UK (1964–1965). He worked as a Senior Fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1970–1971) at the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany. Then, he worked at the Center of Disease Control, Atlanta, USA. Randhawa's first regular faculty appointment was as a Junior Research Officer at the Department of Medical Mycology, VPCI, in 1959. He later became a Senior Research Officer in 1965, a Professor of Medical Mycology in 1981, and a Director of VPCI from 1991 to 1998. Following superannuation in 1998, he has continued to be actively engaged in research as an INSA Honorary Scientist in the same institute. In recognition of his significant contribution to the study of human pathogenic fungi, the German-speaking mycological society elected him in 1971 as its Corresponding Member. The International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) elected him as Vice President in 1985 and as an Honorary Member in 1997. Professor Randhawa is the only Indian Medical Mycologist to have received the prestigious Lucille George Research Award by the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (1994). He was a recipient of the first Shome Memorial Oration award by the Mycological Society of India, Raman Viswanathan Chest Oration, and Professor Raman Viswanathan VPCI Oration (2004). In 2010, a new fungus, Cryptococcus randhawaii, has been named after him in his honour.
Biography Updated on 14 November 2012