Chennai, Nov 21 (UNI) Renowned microbiologist and a recepient of the prestigious Dr B C Roy award, S Subramanian died at a private hospital here after a brief illness last evening.
He was 84.
He is survived by his wife, son and a daughter.
His body was cremated today.
Considered as the ''Father of Microbiology in South India,'' Subramanian was instrumental in starting the bacteriology department at the Government Stanley Medical College and the Microbiology department in the Dr A L Mudaliar Post Graduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Madras University.
He had also served as the lifetime Emeritus professor at the same Institute.
Born in Nagpur in 1923, Subramanian moved to Madras to pursue his education.
After his schooling in Sri Ramakrishna Mission High School, he took a UG degree from Pachaiyappa's college.
He completed his post graduation in microbiology from Madras Medical College and continued to serve in India, turning down several lucrative offers in the United States and United Kingdom.
As an eminent microbiologist, his areas of research were primarily in the diagnosis and prevention of communicable disease and validating Indian Systems of Medicine.
He served as the president of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists and the Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists.
He was conferred with the B C Roy award in 1978.