T.C. Narendran

24 Feb 1944
31 Dec 2013
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Thekke Kuruppathe Narendran (February 24, 1944 – December 31, 2013) was an Indian entomologist specializing in the systematics of parasitic wasps in the superfamily Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera).

Narendran is the recipient of Janakiammal National Award for Taxonomy and is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (IASc) and the Indian Entomology Academy, Chennai.

His major publications include monographs on the Oriental Chalcididae (1989), Torymidae & Eurytomidae of Indian Subcontinent (1994) and Indo-Australian Ormyridae (1999) – and some 300 research papers in various scientific journals have established 700 new species and over 50 new genera. Prof. Narendran’s lifelong work in Calicut University has resulted in the training of a large number of taxonomists in India.

He died of a heart attack on December 31, 2013, aged 69.

His research contributions to the science of taxonomy have been substantial in realising the fauna diversity of the parasitic hymenoptera not only of the Indian region but also of other places outside the country.

He was instrumental in stimulating interest in study of, and research in, taxonomy and pursued research at prestigious research stations such as the Natural History Museum, London; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, U.S. He discovered and described 1,043 new species of insects, which represent nearly 1.7 per cent of the insect diversity known from India, and published 380 research papers.

Besides E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award, Prof. Narendra was recipient of the Swadeshi Shastrapuraskaram in 2008, UGC postgraduate fellowship for research at Budapest, Hungary, in 1994; Ernst Mayr grant of Harvard University; and Royal Society, London, grant for research at Natural History Museum, London. A life fellow of the Indian Academy of Entomology, Chennai, Prof. Narendran’s peers have honoured him by naming 25 taxa after him.

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