Syed Zahoor Qasim

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Syed Zahoor Qasim
Born (1926-12-31) 31 December 1926 (age 88)
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Residence Delhi, India
Nationality India India
Fields Marine biology
Alma mater Majidiya Islamiya Intermediate College Allahabad
Aligarh Muslim University
University College of North Wales

Syed Zahoor Qasim (born December 31, 1926 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India) is a leading Indian marine biologist. Qasim helped lead India's exploration to Antarctica and guided the other seven expeditions from 1981 to 1988.[1] He was a Member of the Planning Commission of India from 1991 to 1996. He is an Honorary Professor of universities including Aligarh Muslim University, Madurai Kamaraj University, Anna Malai University, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and Jamia Millia Islamia.

Early life[edit]

Qasim began his schooling from Majidiya Islamiya Intermediate College Allahabad, and then moved to Aligarh Muslim University, where he obtained a B.Sc. degree in 1949 and a M.Sc. degree in Zoology in 1951. He stood first in the order of Merit for which he was awarded the University Gold Medal. For several years, he was a lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Aligarh before proceeding to the United Kingdom for higher studies in 1953. In 1956 he completed his D.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University College of North Wales.


  • 1951-53: Lecturer, Department of Zoology, AMU Aligarh
  • 1957: Reader, Department of Zoology, AMU Aligarh
  • 1962-64: Professor, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Bombay
  • 1964:Assistant Director, The Directorate of International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE) under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
  • 1970-73:Director, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute at Cochin
  • 1974: Director, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa
  • 1976: Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore
  • 1977: Fellow of Indian National Science Academy New Delhi, Fellow of Indian National Science Academy Bangalore
  • 1976-80: Chairman of Working Committee of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.
  • 1981: Secretary, Department of Environment (DOE), Government of India
  • 1981: Leader of First Indian Expedition to Antarctica.[2]
  • 1982: Founding Secretary, Department of Ocean Development
  • 1989-91: Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Chairman, Society for Indian Ocean Studies. Chairman, World Environment Foundation.
  • 1991-96: Member, Planning Commission of India
  • 1995 : Member, Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation (DSRF)
  • 2003 : Fellow, Third World Academy of Sciences. Honorary Fellow, Muslim Association for the Advancement of Science, Aligarh. Honorary Member, Asian Fisheries Society.


Books authored[edit]

  • The Indian Ocean: Images and Realities
  • Indian Estuaries
  • Biodiversity of Mangrove Ecosystems
  • Living Resources of India's Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Glimpses of the Indian Ocean
  • India's Exclusive Economic Zone: Resources, Exploitation, Management


His father is Syed Zamir Qasim. His wife is Nawabzadi Begum Sahiba of Rampur, from the royal family of Nawabs of Rampur. They have three daughters. He lives in Delhi.


  1. ^ a b KAUR, NAVNEET (May 17, 1999). "An ocean of experience and the will to be a pioneer". NEW DELHI: Indian Express. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  2. ^ PTI (Oct 10, 2009). "AMU announces Sir Syed International award". Times of India. Retrieved 8 December 2010.