Goverdhan Mehta

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Dr. Goverdhan Mehta is an Indian researcher and chemical scientist.

Date & Place of Birth[edit]

June 26, 1943, Jodhpur, India

Academic Qualifications[edit]

M.Sc. (1963), Ph.D. (1966), D.Sc. (Honoris Causa)

Academic/Professional Positions Held[edit]


He has authored more than 400 research papers. He has received the Trieste prize.[1]


On one occasion, he was scheduled to deliver a lecture at the University of Florida, but he was refused a visa by the US government. The reason cited was the heightened security requirements since the September 11 attacks and because Dr. Goverdhan Mehta had a history of involvement with chemical engineering, a field which had applications in chemical warfare and bomb making. The incident created outrage among the Indian scientific community and was a "humiliating" experience for Dr. Goverdhan Mehta.[2]The actions taken by the US government in this regard were strongly criticized by American scientists.[3]

Prof. Mehta had also been involved in fabricating scientific results and writing fake information to scientific journals[4][5][6]


  • He is a recipient of the Indian Government's Padma Sri Award.[1]
  • He has received the French award of Légion d'honneur.[1]
  • In 1995, he became the first Indian scientist to receive the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award.[7]
  • He has received H.K. Firodia Award for Science & Technology.
  • He is the recipient of Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award in Chemical Sciences.


  • He is the Chairman, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur
  • He has been the president of Indian National Science Academy.[1]
  • He is a fellow of the Royal Society.[8]
  • He is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.[1]
  • He is the President of IUPAC.[8]
  • He was director of the Indian Institute of Science (1998–2005) and vice chancellor of the University of Hyderabad (1994–1998).[9]
  • He has been appointed as National Research Professor by the Indian government.[10]
  • He is one the board of directors of the Institute of Life Sciences.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Prof. Goverdhan Mehta". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  2. ^ "Scientist's Visa Denial Sparks Outrage in India". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  3. ^ Silverstein, Richard (2006-02-25). "‘The Closing of the American Mind:’ Denying Visas to Foreign Intellectuals Tikun-Olam Tikun Olam-תיקון עולם". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  4. ^ Mehta, Goverdhan (Oct 28, 2006). "Stereochemical Reassignment of Mehta and Kundu's Spiculoic Acid A Analogue". Organic Letters 8 (24): 5537. doi:10.1021/ol062361a. 
  5. ^ Curly, Arrow. "Spiculoic Acid". Retrieved Nov 12, 2006. 
  6. ^ Totally, Synthetic. "Spiculoic Acid A Controversy". Retrieved Nov 15, 2006. 
  7. ^ Press Office, Michael Schwarz (2003-06-23). "University of Heidelberg". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  8. ^ a b Goverdhan Mehta. "Goverdhan Mehta: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  9. ^ "Building a nation of scientists". 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  10. ^ "Goverdhan Mehta set to be National Research Professor - Indian Express". 2009-11-17. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  11. ^ ":: Institute of Life Sciences ::". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 

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