The eminent social scientist, researcher was born on September 21, 1925 in Pune. After his post graduation in social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), he received a UN Scholarship in 1959. He later worked as Assistant Director of the Department of Social Welfare, Maharashtra and went on to work as Assistant Secretary General Asia-Pacific of the International Council on Social Welfare and was a consultant on several bodies like the World Health Organization, the UN and the UNICEF.
Instrumental in setting up three programmes, Community Aid and Sponsorship Programme, International Leprosy Union (Health Alliance), and International Longevity Centre-India, Gokhale authored more than 30 books and was recipient of several awards including the International Gandhi Award for exemplary work in the field of leprosy. UN special award for exceptional work in the field of ageing, the G D Birla Award, and the Sasakawa Health Prize in Geneva.
Dr Gokhale touched the lives of thousands either directly personally or through the medium of the three organisations he established.
His memory will live as long as these organisations continue to function.