Dronamraju Krishna Rao

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Dronamraju Krishna Rao
Born(1937-01-14)14 January 1937
Died3 December 2020(2020-12-03) (aged 83)
Known forGenetics
  • National Reserve Service Award (NRSA) , U.S. National Institutes of Health , Washington D.C.
  • Yellapraggada Subba Rao Memorial Award, India
  • Nayudamma Award in Technology , India
Scientific career
History of Science
US-India cooperation in Science & Technology
InstitutionsIndian Statistical Institute , India
University College, London
Johns Hopkins University Medical School , USA
University of Alberta , Canada
Doctoral advisorJ. B. S. Haldane

Dronamraju Krishna Rao (14 January 1937 – 3 December 2020) was an Indian-born geneticist and president of the Foundation for Genetic Research in Houston, Texas. He was born in Pithapuram, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. One focus of his work has been the research of his mentor J. B. S. Haldane.[1] As an author, his name is usually rendered Krishna R. Dronamraju. He died in Houston at age 83.[2]



Dronamraju went to M.R. College in Vizianagaram, Andhra University to study botany and earned a bachelor's degree in 1955. He received a master's degree from Agra University in 1957; he studied plant breeding and genetics. When J.B.S. Haldane moved to India in 1957, Dronamraju wrote to Haldane for an opportunity to pursue a research career under his direction at the Indian Statistical Institute in Calcutta.

Early in his research career, he discovered the first case of a gene on the human Y chromosome and published a paper in 1960. It was also part of his PhD thesis at the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta.[3] Dronamraju's research with Haldane at the Indian Statistical Institute included many areas.

Research contributions[edit]

Dronamraju's research covered the visits of several species of lepidoptera to different colored flowers of Lantana camara reported the discovery of a species-specific pattern of color preference behavior by pollinating insects.[citation needed]

He did research in human genetics in India. In 1966, Dronamraju completed his PhD from the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta. He studied under J. B. S. Haldane. The topic of his doctoral thesis was "Genetic Studies of the Andhra Pradesh population".[3] Dronamraju's early research in human genetics (and the independent work of L.D. Saghvi at the Tata Cancer Center in Mumbai) eventually led to the foundation of the Indian Society of Human Genetics.[citation needed]

Dronamraju received advanced training at University College, London and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in genetics at the University of Alberta.[4] After he moved to the US, he continued research on inbreeding in human populations such as the Amish population in Pennsylvania in collaboration with Victor A. McKusick at Johns Hopkins. He also studied the Seneca Indians in New York State and other populations in the US and Canada.[citation needed]

He studied the relationship between fetal mortality and the occurrence of oral cleft defects in families.[citation needed]

In recent years, Dronamraju's research focused on the history of genetics and human/medical genetics. He published several books, especially with reference to the contributions of his mentor J. B. S. Haldane.[clarification needed]


  • "A Century of Geneticists: Mutation to Medicine", CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Company, London, UK, 2018.{ISBN/978-1-498-74866-7}
  • Popularizing Science: The Life and Work of JBS Haldane. (2017) Oxford University Press ISBN 978-0-19-933392-9
  • Victor McKusick and the History of Medical Genetics. (2012) Springer ISBN 978-1-4614-1676-0
  • Haldane, Mayr and Beanbag Genetics (2011) Oxford University Press ISBN 978-0-19-538734-6
  • What I Require from Life: Writings on Science and Life from JBS Haldane (2009) Oxford University Press ISBN 978-0-19-923770-8
  • Emerging Consequences of Biotechnology (2008), World Scientific Publishing Company ISBN 978-981-277-500-9
  • Genetic and Evolutionary Aspects of Malaria (2006), Springer ISBN 978-0-387-28294-7
  • Infectious Disease and Host-Pathogen Evolution (2004), Cambridge University Press ISBN 978-0-521-82066-0
  • Biological Wealth and Other Essays (2002), World Scientific Publishing Company ASIN B-001-T63O7-0
  • Science and Society (1998), University Press of America ISBN 978-0-7618-1007-0
  • Biological and Social Issues in Biotechnology Sharing (1998), Ashgate Publishing ISBN 978-1-84014-897-8
  • Haldane's Daedalus Revisited (1995), Oxford University Press ISBN 978-0-19-854846-1
  • The History and Development of Human Genetics in Different Countries (1993), World Scientific Publishing ISBN 978-981-02-0900-1
  • If I am To Be Remembered: The Life and Work of Julian Huxley (1992), World Scientific Publishing ASIN B-001-KJODG-M
  • Selected Genetic Papers of JBS Haldane (1990), Garland Science ISBN 978-0-8240-0473-6
  • The Foundations of Human Genetics (1989), Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd ISBN 978-0-398-05537-0
  • Cleft Lip and Palate: Aspects of Reproductive Biology (1986), Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd ISBN 978-0-398-05228-7
  • Haldane: The Life and Work of JBS Haldane with special reference to India (1985), Pergamon Pr ISBN 978-0-08-032436-4
  • Haldane and Modern Biology (1968), The Johns Hopkins University Press ISBN 978-0-8018-0177-8
  • Haldane in India (1998)



  • National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C.
  • Yellapraggada Subba Rao Memorial Award, India.
  • Nayudamma Award in Technology, India.[5]

Concurrent positions[edit]


  1. ^ "John Burdon Sanderson Haldane".
  2. ^ "Obituary: Dr. Krishna Dronamraju". india-herald.com. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Dr Krishna R Dronamraju ISI Phd thesis". Archived from the original on 30 December 2013.
  4. ^ Llc, Books (September 2010). University College, London. ISBN 9781156562451.
  5. ^ "121710a".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Chemtech Corp
  7. ^ The Science Garage

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