Syed Husain Zaheer
AwardsPadma Bhushan

Syed Husain Zaheer was an Indian chemist, politician and the director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the largest research and development organisation in India.[1] Prior to taking up the directorship of CSIR, He served as the director of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, a division of CSIR, where he established the department of Biochemistry.[2] After his superannuation from CSIR, he chaired the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.[3] The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1972, for his contributions to science.[4]

In 1951, along with Indra Kishore Kacker, he was the first to synthesize Methaqualone.


  1. ^ "About the Foundation". Zaheer Foundation. 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  2. ^ D. P. Burma (2011). From Physiology and Chemistry to Biochemistry. Pearson Education India. pp. 152–. ISBN 978-81-317-3220-5.
  3. ^ Prof. S P Mehrotra (10 November 2015). The Fourth IIT: History of IIT Kanpur. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 218–. ISBN 978-93-5214-192-0.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.