Prana Krushna Parija
Born(1891-04-01)1 April 1891
Died2 June 1978(1978-06-02) (aged 87)
Alma materRavenshaw University
Presidency University, Kolkata
University of Cambridge
AwardsPadma Bhushan (1955)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE; 1944)
Scientific career
InstitutionsRavenshaw University
Banaras Hindu University
Utkal University
Member: 1st Odisha Legislative Assembly
In office

Prana Krushna Parija OBE (1 April 1891 – 2 June 1978; born in Ichhapur village, Jagatsinghpur district)[1][2][3] was an Indian botanist. His research work comprised mainly fundamental and applied aspects of plant physiology, experimental plant morphology, and ecological studies of plant environment. He studied water hyacinth and other aquatic weeds, respiration in leaves and apples, transpiration and heat resistance in plants, rice and algae and storage of apples. [4]

He served as a vice chancellor of Utkal University.[5] He worked as a principal in Ravenshaw University (formerly Ravenshaw College), Cuttack[6][7]Pro Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi[8] and Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.[9] The "Parija Library" of the university is named after him.[10] He was President of the Indian Science Congress Association[11] in 1960. He was an elected member of the first Odisha Legislative Assembly.[12]

Awards and recognitions


  1. ^ 1948-1981. Universities Press. 2003. pp. 812–. ISBN 978-81-7371-433-7. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Directory of Eminent Personalities of the District". Archived from the original on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. Dr. Pranakrushna Parija Balikuda
  3. ^ Balikuda locals remember son of the soil Dr Parija
  4. ^ "INSA :: Deceased Fellow Detail". Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  5. ^ K. M. George; Sāhitya Akādemī (1992). Modern Indian Literature, an Anthology. Sahitya Akademi. pp. 319–. ISBN 978-81-7201-324-0. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  6. ^ Vanivihar Homepage
  7. ^ Harish Chandra Das; State Level Vyasakabi Fakir Mohan Smruti Samsad (2003). The cultural heritage of Khurda. State Level Vyasakabi Fakir Mohan Smruti Samsad. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  8. ^ Indian Science Congress Association (2003). The Shaping of Indian Science: 1948-1981. Universities Press. p. 812. ISBN 9788173714337. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  9. ^ Lakshmikanta Mahapatra (1988). Songs of the soul. Kantakabi Centenary Celebration Committee. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  10. ^ P.G. Rama Rao. "Among celebrities". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Government of India,Indian Science Congress". Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  12. ^ List of members of OLA, 1951-2004 Archived 2013-12-17 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ The historical register. Supplement. University of Cambridge; University of Cambridge. Cambridge University calendar. Supplement; University of Cambridge. Index to tripos lists, 1748–1910. Supplement. Cambridge University Press. University of Cambridge. 1911–1920
  14. ^ "No. 36309". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1943. p. 23.
  15. ^ "Padma Bhushan Awardees". Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Retrieved 28 June 2009.