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'. . . in 1928, the year in which I graduated from Harvard Medical School (and) was starting biochemical research on muscle proteins(,) I already knew of the important work of Dr Cyrus H Fiske and Dr SubbaRow on their excellent method for analytical determination of phosphates which they had just used in their great discovery of Phosphocreatine, one of the substances of crucial importance in the metabolism of muscle. They were then engaged in an even more important discovery, the isolation and characterisation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which plays the central role in the energy metabolism of living organisms. Unlike the work on Phosphocreatine, of which they were the sole discoverers, the discovery of ATP was also made independently by Dr Karl Lohmann in Berlin in the laboratory of Otto Meyerhof. At the time and later, many people gave the credit of the discovery only to Lohmann but the evidence is quite clear that Fiske and SubbaRow discovered it independently.'

John T Edsall, Professor of Biochemistry Emeritus, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University (Letter of January 4, 1995 to Dr B K Bachhawat, Delhi University South Campus)

'Dr Yellapragada SubbaRow was interested in the chemistry of the liver and knew what liver will do from the medical point of view because he came not infrequently to the clinic in the Peter Bent Brigham hospital and saw us testing the material on the patients. That is what we needed. He contributed to the further refinement of 1 cc liver extract, getting out some of the impurities present. He was a very wise, capable and earnest individual whose heart was in his work. My impression was that that was practically his life. He dedicated himself to the isolation of the anti-pernicious anaemia factor in liver and went all out for it.'

Dr William P Murphy, co-winner with Dr George R. Minot and W H Whipple of the 1934 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for developing liver therapy in pernicious anaemia. (Adapted from interview with S P K Gupta, Boston 1965)

'Dr SubbaRow was unique in that he could take dreams and people and make reality. I wished to honour him as a great man who was responsible more than any other person form developing the broad spectrum antibiotics which still are the most useful antibiotics today'

Dr C W Hesseltine of USDA's Fermentation Laboratory at Peoria, Illinois on why he named the new genus of fungi he erected in 1953 as Subbaromyces , calling the type species Subbaromyces splendens.

'Such an individual is perhaps born once in a thousand years or more. I do not believe there is any other person in the documented history of biology and medicine who made such a large number of basic discoveries that are applied so widely.'

Dr Pushpa Mitra Bhargava, Molecular Biologist.

Praise of Dr SubbaRow by Academic and Popular Journals and Newspapers :

He drove himself and others unmercifully to achieve success and recognition in a society that regarded him as an alien.

Science (USA), 20 May 1988

A great scientist with a quarter century of achievements in phosphate compounds, vitamins, antivitamins and antibiotics.

The Indian Journal of Medical Research, January 1990

Little known biochemical prodigy.

Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research ,November 1989

Outstanding scientist

2001 (Science Today) ,October 1988

He bequeathed a rich legacy to humanity.

Dr S Sriramachari of ICMR in India Abroad (USA), August 4, 1989

A man truly deserving of the highest accolades including, perhaps, a Nobel Prize.

Dr J Gowrishankar of CCMB in New Swatantra Times ,October 1989

A true humanist.

Statesman, May 7, 1989

His noble nature obscured his genius from the public eye.

National Herald , June 12, 1988

A legend during his lifetime.

M. V. Kamath in The Afternoon Despatch & Courier, November 27, 1989

A man of all sciences.

The Hindu, April 11, 1989

A man of intense feelings and commitments.

Patriot ,March 11, 1990

Pushed antibiotic & vitamin research to the frontiers.

Times of India,April 1, 1990

A genius.

Hindustan Times, July 9, 1989

Wizard of Wonder Drugs.

The Telegraph, March 3, 1989

A giant among scientists.

Newstime, June 25, 1989

A world citizen.

Mid-Day, May 15, 1989

Dhanvantari incarnate.

Andhra Jyothi, August 12, 1989

A true, sincere scientist.

Andhra Patrika, September 25, 1989

Millions owe their good health to his many discoveries.

Business Standard, April 9, 1989

Vitamins and antibiotics he and his teams developed continue to benefit millions all over the world.

Financial Express, July 30, 1989