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V. R. Khanolkar
Born(1895-04-13)13 April 1895
Died29 October 1978(1978-10-29) (aged 83)
Alma materUniversity of London
AwardsPadma Bhushan (1954)
Scientific career
FieldsPathology, Cancer

Vasant Ramji Khanolkar (13 April 1895 – 29 October 1978), better known as V. R. Khanolkar, was an Indian pathologist. He made major contributions to the epidemiology and understanding of cancer, blood groups, and leprosy. He has been called the "Father of Pathology and Medical Research in India."[1]

He was born on 13 April 1895 in Gomantak Maratha Samaj Family.[citation needed] He studied medicine at the University of London and obtained his M.D. in Pathology in 1923. He was a Professor of Pathology in Grant Medical and Seth G. S. Medical Colleges in Mumbai.

He was also closely associated with the Tata Memorial Hospital and served as director of laboratories and research. The government of India appointed him a national research professor of medicine, a position which he held for ten years. He helped to organize the Indian Cancer Research Centre and served as director from its inception until 1973.

He was founder president of the Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists. He published three books on cancer and leprosy and more than 100 scientific papers.

He received Padma Bhushan in 1955 from the Government of India.[2]

He died October 29, 1978.[3] The Dr. V. R. Khanolkar Oration was established in 1987 by the National Academy of Medical Sciences in his memory.[4]

Honorable positions

Selected publications


  1. ^ Pai, Sanjay A. (October 2002). "V.R. Khanolkar: father of pathology and medical research in India". Annals of Diagnostic Pathology. 6 (5): 334–7. doi:10.1053/adpa.2002.35754. PMID 12376929.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 15, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Obituary, V. R. Khanolkar at Cancer Research.
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