Scientist Yellapragada Subbarao is one typical example from the modern times, who became a victim of west’s racial take on India. His legendary achievements in field of biochemistry went unsung for decades because he was denied proper credit. In this article titled 30 interesting Yellapragada Subbarao facts, we are going to learn about this legendary scientists and his important contributions.
Before we do so, we will like to mention that many educated and humble scholars from similar fields today recognize Yellapragada Subbarao’s contributions as earth-shattering. Here are a few quotes from learned people who not only appreciate Yellapragada Subbarao’s talents but are also grateful for his important discoveries:
1988 Nobel Prize winner George Hitchings (who shared the prize with Gertrude Elion in field of Medicine and who was also a colleague of Subbarao says, “Some of the nucleotides isolated by Subbarow had to be rediscovered years later by other workers because Fiske, apparently, did not let Subbarow’s contributions see the light of the day.”
Doron K. Antrim said in April 1950 issue of the magazine named Argosy, “You’ve probably never heard of Dr. Yellapragada Subbarow. Yet because he lived you may be alive and are well today. Because he lived you may live longer.”
The statements made by these scholars make it clear that Yellapragada Subbarao was no ordinary scientist and that his discoveries are of paramount importance to mankind even to this day. Let us now learn 30 interesting Yellapragada Subbarao facts.
Interesting Yellapragada Subbarao Facts: 1-10
1. Yellapragada Subbarao was born on January 12, 1895 in Andhra Pradesh’s Bhimavaram in Madras Presidency.
2. He completed his schooling from Rajahmundry but during his schooling days, he was exposed to traumatic stress caused by unexpected deaths of several of his relatives caused by diseases).
3. Because of this stress, his education was hindered to quite and extent and it took him 3 attempts to clear matriculation from Hindu High School in Madras.
4. He went to Presidency College for completing his Intermediate Examination. Post Intermediate, Subbarao went to Madras Medical College. He was already in financial crisis by then and hence, had to depend on Kasturi Suryanarayana Murthy and his friends for supporting his further studies.
5. Subbarao later went on to marry the daughter of Kasturi Suryanarayana Murthy.
6. While studying in Madras Medical College, he decided to voice his opinion against British Raj by boycotting British goods upon the call of Mahatma Gandhi. As a result he ended up wearing surgical dress made of Khadi material.
7. This choice made M. C. Bradfield, one of the professors of surgery at Madras Medical College very unhappy. As a result of this, despite Subbarao performed significantly well in written papers, he ended up receiving LMS certificate instead of a full MBBS degree.
8. Since he failed to get MBBS degree, he was not allowed to enter into Madras Medical Services, which forced him to pick up the job of anatomy lecturer in Madras’ Dr. Lakshmipathi’s Ayurvedic College.
9. While working as anatomy lecturer, he became fascinated by the healing powers of Ayurvedic medicines and hence, decided to work towards the cause of bringing Ayurveda to the forefront of medical sciences.
10. His noble idea was warmly received by Malladi Satyalingam Naicker Charities based in Kakinada. However, he did require some financial support, which came from his father-in-law.