Who: Renowned marine biologist Syed Zahoor Qasim
Where: New Delhi
When: 20 October 2015
Renowned marine biologist Syed Zahoor Qasim died on 20 October 2015 in New Delhi. He was 88.
He is considered as the founder of Polar Biology in India and was part of the first Indian expedition to Antarctica in 1981-82.
After the first expedition, he successfully organized and guided the next the seven expeditions till 1988 and made pioneering contributions in the field of fisheries biology, mari-culture, estuarine ecology and environmental pollution.
Based on his research, he also published around 200 original research papers in national and international journals.
In recognition of his contributions, he was honoured with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the Union Government and Life Time Achievement Award by the Indian Science Congress in 2008.
He was also a member of Planning Commission (1991-96) and served as the vice-chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi.