Ask Eveleyn Publishers for a new biography of another distinguished scientist : 'A Wreath for Doctor Ramaiyya'


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1)We would like to answer your questions about SubbaRow and his work. Please send us your queries and we will have a page on the most frequently asked questions along with their answers.

2) The SubbaRow Club members have been advised that a SubbaRow Foundation be formed to institutionalise their efforts. Scroll down for the draft concept.

Do you agree?

If yes, please comment on the objectives in the following file, propose amendments.

Would you be interested in becoming a Trustee?

If yes, please tell us something about yourself, why you want to be a Trustee and what contributions you are in a position to make the Foundation a reality and realise its objectives.

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Mr. Veenu Aiswarya at or

Mr. Kaushlendra kumar Singh at or

Mr. Dinesh Sharma at or

Ms Asha Ramachandran at or

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Yellapragada SubbaRow Foundation

Yellapragada SubbaRow strove all his working life to fight ailments bedevilling humankind and succeeded in extending and improving the quality of lives by his fundamental contributions to biochemistry and by heading research that yielded tetracycline antibiotics, vitamin folic acid, anticancer drugs and an anti-filarial.

Dr SubbaRow's contributions to the well-being of humanity are belatedly getting increased attention in India following the publication of his full-length biography and media attention particularly after his centenary celebrations closely following the conquest of the 1994 plague epidemic by tetracycline antibiotics and the issue of a centenary postal stamp.

Recent medical research has extended the spectrum of diseases susceptible to the medicines which are Dr SubbaRow's legacy. Thus, tetracyclines are used as malaria prophylactics; folic acid is used to prevent the development of neural defects in new lives growing in the womb as well as to forestall cardiovascular diseases and the Alzheimer's disease; Methotrexate to avoid unwanted pregnancies, to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and Crohn's syndrome, and to reduce dependence of the asthmatics on cortico-steroids; and DEC has been accepted for mass campaigns against elephantiasis; and the phosphorus method has become a diagnostic tool for a variety of metabolic diseases and possibly for prostatic cancer.

On the other hand, Dr SubbaRow's untimely death has left unrealised his ambition to conquer cancer.

Unfortunately, much remains to be done to secure due recognition to Dr SubbaRow personally for the medicines which are not always associated with his name.

It is therefore necessary to institutionalise the largely individual efforts to perpetuate the memory of Dr Yellapragada SubbaRow and to continue his unfinished task of creating a disease-free world.

This could best be done by creating a Yellapragada SubbaRow Foundation with Rupees One Lakh offered by Sikharam Prasanna Kumara Gupta, biographer of Yellapragada SubbaRow, as its initial corpus fund.

The objects for which the Foundation is to be established are -

(a) To serve as a centre for the dissemination of information on the life and work of Dr SubbaRow;

(b) To acquire SubbaRow Papers from its present custodian and preserve them in an appropriate archives from which they can be drawn to promote the objective (a);

(c) To acquire Evelyn Publishers which has the copyright on SubbaRow's biography and run it to promote the objective (a);

(d) To create a knowledge centre for increasing public awareness of medical research in general and in particular the role of SubbaRow's everlasting gifts to humankind as tools in the continuing battle against disease; to create the nucleus of a research centre primarily aimed at following SubbaRow's leads to the conquest of cancer;

(e) To sponsor the study of SubbaRow's unpublished notebooks on his researches into phosphatic compounds which turned out to be constituents of nucleic acids in genes;

(f) To establish a mechanism for providing assistance to poor patients with essential drugs and accommodation for their attendants;

(g) To popularise science and in general to promote scientific temper; and

(h) To supplement governmental efforts at spreading education particularly primary education among the deprived sections of the population.

Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing objects, the Foundation shall in particular have the following objectives for its programmes and activities: (I) keep SubbaRow's biography in print in English and sponsor its translations in all languages besides Telugu and Kannada in which abridged translations are available, bring out his collected and selected works, compendiums of his letters and reminiscences of his contemporaries available in the form of interviews, sponsor production of radio and TV documentaries on his life and work; (II) sponsor lectures and tutorials in schools and colleges, specifically avoiding wasteful and ostentatious seminars and conferences; (III) establish scholarships for children of poor and weaker sections; and (IV) institute grants in aid for providing tuition and home-work assistance to poor students outside school hours.

In order to realise the aims and objects as set out in this deed, the Foundation may, in addition to running the Evelyn Publishers, set up, operate and maintain institutions and organisations including a SubbaRow Memorial Library, a SubbaRow Cancer Research Institution, a SubbaRow-Milford Educational Fund, and a SubbaRow Memorial Medical Aid Society.