Nitya Anand (born 1 January 1925 in Lyallpur, British India) is a medicinal chemist who was the director of Central Drug Research Institute in Lucknow from 1974 to 1984.[1][2] In 2005, Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) appointed him chairman of its scientific committee. In 2012, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government.[3]


Anand earned his Bachelor's of Science degree from the Government College University Lahore in 1943 and his Master's degree in chemistry from St. Stephen's College in 1945. In 1948, Anand was awarded a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai. He received his second Ph.D. from St. John's College at Cambridge University. He was a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School in 1958. [1][2]


Anand joined Central Drug Research Institute in Lucknow in Medicinal Chemistry Division in 1951 and later became director of the Institute. Anand was chairman of Ranbaxy Science Foundation (RSF). His overall research interest has always been in the design, discovery and development of new drugs using synthetic chemistry approaches. This mainly involved consideration of factors such as drug-receptor interaction and metabolism in drug design. He published over 400 research articles and holds over 130 patents. He is joint author with Jasjit S. Bindra Ph.D. of the book "Art in Organic Synthesis" which was published in 1969.[1] Anand is also a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d Gupta, A. K. Saxena; C. M. (2004). "A Tribute to Prof. Nitya Anand". Arkivoc. 2005 (2): 1–8. doi:10.3998/ark.5550190.0006.201. hdl:2027/spo.5550190.0006.201.((cite journal)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Indian Fellow". INSA. 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.