Dr. S. Sinha (Saligram Sinha) was born on 14th February, 1913 at Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh. After his early education at Jaunpur he obtained M.Sc. degree in Botany from Lucknow University in the year 1937 with distinction. For his Doctorate he worked under the guidance of an eminent Plant Pathologist, Dr. S.N. Dasgupta on Storage Diseases of Mango and was honoured with ‘Birbal Sahni Award’ for his research excellence. After serving as Lecturer in Botany Department of Lucknow University, he joined Agra College, Agra, as Reader in Botany in 1945, wherein he took over as Professor and Head of the Department in 1950. He was elevated to the Office of the Principal of the College in 1970, the post he held till his retirement in 1973. Since then he was associated with the Department of Botany, Kumaon University, Nainital as Retired Scientist on an assignment from the University Grants Commission. He was also appointed as Scientific Advisor to the University’s Mushroom Cultivation Project.
Dr. Sinha remained as an active scientist and as naturalist throughout his life ever since he undertook botanical studies at Lucknow. He published a number of research papers and review articles in the field of plant pathology. Dr. Sinha held many office of eminence in various scientific organisations including the office of elected President of Indian Phytopathological Society in 1964. He was President of Botanical Session of Indian Science Congress and Vice-President of the Association of Seed Pathologists of India. He was honoured by Indian Phytopathological Society for being invited to deliver the 13th Mundkur Memorial Lecture in 1976.
Dr. Sinha was invited by the Danish Government Institute of Seed Pathology, Copenhagen, Denmark in 1969. He also visited Netherland, Germany, U. K., France, Italy and some other countries of Europe. In 1971 he attended a symposium on ‘Ecology of leaf surface’ at New Castle-upon-Tyne.
Dr. Sinha was an excellent administrator, planner and organiser. He organised a training programme in Seed Pathology in January 1967 and an All India Symposium on Teaching of Mycology and Plant Pathology in December 1967 besides holding a session each at Agra during the two International Symposia organised by IPS. Dr. Sinha will always be remembered for his contributions in the field of fungal taxonomy, rusts of gram and bajra, phytoalexine, seed pathology, aerobiology, phyllosphere flora, fruit rots and many more.
Dr. Sinha breathed his last on the 22nd June, 1979 at his residence at Nainital.