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Shvoong Home>Books>PANCHANAN MAHESHWARI Review

PANCHANAN MAHESHWARI

Book Review   by:raykeshray     Original Authors: rakesh; raykeshray
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PANCHANAN MAHESHWARI Born in November 1904 in Jaipur (Rajasthan), Panchanan Maheswari got solace in books and magazines in his school days and later developed interest in scientific magazine. During his college days, he was inspired by Dr. Dudgeon, American missionary teacher, to develop interest in Botany and especially morphology. His teacher once expressed that if his student progresses ahead of him, it will give him a great satisfaction. These words encouraged Panchanan to enquire what he could do for his teacher in return. Dudgeon replied that “do for your student what I have done for you.” Meticulously following his teacher advice, he did train a host talented student. He pursued his University Education in botany at Allahabad. He worked on embryological aspect, especially the embryo sac of several plants belonging to more than 100 families. P.Maheshwri was assisted by wife in preparation of slides in addition to her household duties. Way back in 1950 he talked of contact between embryology, physiology and genetics. He also emphasised the need of initiation of work on artificial culture of immature embryos.
These days, tissue culture has become a landmark in economic botany led to Dictionary of economic plants in India. Another book consider “magnum opus”, the introduction of the Embryology of Angiosperms was completed by him during his two years stay at Harward. Volume on Recent Advances in Embryology of Angiosperm (1963), edited by Maheswari, became a referral for the researchers in embryology. He devoted his life to science. Many of his well wishers and students felt pride in naming new finds after him, such as Panchanaia jaipurensis (fungus) Oldenlandia maheswarii (Rhbiaceae member). He was honoured with fellowship of Royal Society of London (FRS), Indian National Science Academy and several other institutions of excellence. His interest in science also made a significant contribution to school education in the form of Biology for sec.schools.
Published: February 27, 2008   
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