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Professor Puran Singh (1881-1931): Founder of Chemistry of Forest Products in India

... He became a member of the Chemical Society of Japan and the Royal Chemical Society of London. He published 53 research papers and notes on various aspects of chemistry of forest products [1][2][3]. ...
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Puran Singh was the founder of chemistry of forest products in India. He was the first scientist from Punjab who got training in pharmaceutical chemistry from Tokyo University during 1900-03. He was a great genius who integrated spiritualism and science. He was employed as an Imperial Chemist at the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, and served in this capacity for nearly a decade (1907-18).Punjabi University, Patiala, has published all the literary works of Professor Puran Singh, which run into two-dozen volumes in English, Punjabi and Hindi. He was a great mystic poet and one of the first few interpreters of the Sikh scripture in English. He was a strong contender for Nobel Prize in literature but found no sponsor in Europe and missed it.
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I was motivated to write my autobiography after reading “Up Against Odds”, the autobiography of Cosmic ray Physicist, PS Gill, who was my mentor in Physics at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh. My journey in science has been a life of struggle for a rural boy of Punjab. Reaching Marie Curie University, Paris (1970-72) for higher studies leading to Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics was my dream project. This book is based on trials and tribulations of my life; hurdles in scientific research; creation of Physics Department in GNDU Amritsar and setting a new record of publications in inter-disciplinary areas of research. The Foreword is written by Daya Singh Sandhu, Director of Research, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY 42728 (USA).
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