Dr. Giri Raj Singh Sirohi The first Indian to set foot on Antarctica, South Pole A place named after him in Antarctica , South Pole as 'Sirohi Point'

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Dr. Giri Raj Singh Sirohi

The first Indian to set foot on Antarctica, South Pole
A place named after him in Antarctica , South Pole as 'Sirohi Point'

By Amita Sirohi

Introduction:
This page is dedicated to my dear father Dr. Giri Raj Singh Sirohi. He is a scientist by profession though an all-rounder in knowledge! He had carried out research in Antarctica, South Pole in 1960 for around 100 days in sub-zero temperatures. The research brought to light some important aspects of living beings which were not noticed or proved before. The details of which I would discuss in his own page. To honour his breakthrough contribution to the Science of Plant Physiology, the American Government named a place after him in Antarctica , South Pole as 'Sirohi Point' in 1961 .
To recognize Dr. G.S. Sirohi's research on South Pole on Biological Clock, the US Board of Geographical names named a point at 83 57 S. Latitude, 170 06 E. Longitude as SIROHI POINT to honour Dr. G.S. Sirohi.
Later he carried out further research in India since mid 1960s - 1989.

Indian Government Awards:
No National Award to-date.
The Indian Government have forgotten to honour him with any National awards for this achievement  todate!

Contribution to Indian Science:
He worked as Head & Professor of Plant Physiology Division,Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, Delhi, India. He was responsible for growing this small division of a few people into a full fledged division with state of the art research equipments like photo-spectometer etc. He was main anchor to bring in a crore of UNDP project for Plant Physiology and worked hard to provide best of research in his field.

Books Co-Authored:
  • Childrens book - With a view to generate interest in science in young children he co-authored an autobiographical book for children, Penguin Books, India
  • Glossary of Plant Physiology (Hardcover)- by G S R Murti (Author), K.K. Uprem (Author), G S Sirohi (Author) click here

Media/ Current position:
I have been with my father during his various interviews in Television & newspapers. The latest being on World Doordarshan channel in 2000.
Presently he is a member of Planning Commission & Chairman of a Project.


Indian Society of Plant Physiology Honors:
  • On 7 January 2003, on behalf of "Indian Society for Plant Physiology", he was presented the Lifetime achievement award by Sh. Kalam, President of India at the International Science Congress at Ashoka Hotel, Delhi. CLICK HERE for Awards.
         He was interviewed by Hindustan Times newspaper and was covered by the Press.

Dr GS Sirohi Award for Best paper:
Indian Society for Plant Physiology (ISPP) every year presents an Award called Dr. G.S.Sirohi Award .
This Award was instituted by the society in the year 1999 for the best article published in Indian Journal of Plant Physiology and presented every year during annual meeting.

To access more information about Indian Society for Plant Physiology (ISPP) CLICK HERE.

Plant Physiology dedicates Room:
On November 2008, a conference was held in Pusa, I.A.R.I to honour Dr G.S. Sirohi's contribution to Plant Physiology attended by renowned scientists. A room in Plant Physiology department was named after Dr G S Sirohi in honour of his scientific work & innuagurated by him.


Special Dedication:

This site would be incomplete without mentioning a wonderful person Arthur E. Raymond and his wife, Dorothy.


Designation:

 Dr. G.S. Sirohi (photo) , Ph.D. ( Plant Physiology ) UCLA, U.S.A., Former Head & Professor ,Plant Physiology, Pusa Institute, New Delhi; Consultant

Personal:
Dr. G.S. Sirohi was born in a village in Kheri, District Bulandshehr, Uttar Pradesh. His father Sh. Ganga Prasad was a Daroga in Police and his mother a housewife who took care of 7 children.

Mrs. Sirohi was born in village Kandera,District Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Her father Sh. Chander Bhan Singh was a Principal in Jat College, Meerut and her mother Chander Kaur a housewife who brought up 6 children.

Wife:  SK Sirohi

Books Co-authored:
Awards:
  • Nov 2008, a room in Plant Physiology department , Pusa, IARI, New Delhi was named after Dr G S Sirohi in honour of his scientific work & innuagurated by him
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