Goverdhan Mehta

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Goverdhan Mehta
Born (1943-06-26)June 26, 1943
Jodhpur, Jodhpur State, British Raj
(now in Rajasthan, India)
Nationality Indian
Alma mater
Scientific career
Doctoral advisor Sukh Dev

Goverdhan Mehta FNA, FASc, FRS, FRSC (born 26 June 1943) is a noted Indian researcher and chemical scientist.


Mehta received his BSc and MSc from the University of Rajasthan and PhD from Pune University.[1] He has authored more than 400 research papers. He has received the Trieste prize.[2]

Academic and professional positions held[edit]


In 2006, the U. S. government refused Mehta a visa; this decision was strongly criticised by Indian and American scientists.[3][4][5][6]


  • He is a recipient of the Indian Government's Padma Shri Award.[2]
  • He has received the French award of Légion d'honneur.[2]
  • 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 has been conferred with Germany�s prestigious Cross of the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) Award.


  • He is the chairman, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur
  • He has been the president of Indian National Science Academy.[2]
  • He is a fellow of the Royal Society.[8]
  • He is a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.[2]
  • 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. ^ "Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize: an inspiration for international recognitions" (PDF). Current Science. 107 (2): 164. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Prof. Goverdhan Mehta". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Scientist's Visa Denial Sparks Outrage in India". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  4. ^ Mehta, Goverdhan (28 October 2006). "Stereochemical Reassignment of Mehta and Kundu's Spiculoic Acid A Analogue". Organic Letters. 8 (24): 5537. doi:10.1021/ol062361a. PMID 17107066. 
  5. ^ Curly, Arrow. "Spiculoic Acid". Retrieved 2006-11-12. 
  6. ^ Totally, Synthetic. "Spiculoic Acid A Controversy". Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  7. ^ Press Office, Michael Schwarz (23 June 2003). "University of Heidelberg". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  8. ^ a b Goverdhan Mehta. "Goverdhan Mehta: Executive Profile & Biography – Businessweek". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  9. ^ "Building a nation of scientists". 13 June 2007. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  10. ^ "Goverdhan Mehta set to be National Research Professor". The Indian Express. 17 November 2009. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  11. ^ ":: Institute of Life Sciences ::". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 

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