|Dr K Rajagopal|
He was one of the 11 children of Late C R Krishna Rao and the illustrious Coimbatore Krishna Rao clan.
My grandfather Late CR Krishna Rao, was a very illustrious person. A District Judge, a Philosopher and an Author. His books – Madhva and Brahma Tarka & Madhva, His Life and Doctrine on “Madhwa Philosophy” is even today regarded as an authentic rendering on Madhwacharya and his philosophy.
My father was married to Mrs. Manoranjini Rajagaopal and were popularly known as Raju Dodanna and Manna Vadhani in our family circles.
He studied his MBBS from the Kilpauk Medical College, Madras. He then did his MSc and was a Fellow of the Institute of Chemists. Though he was a doctor by qualification he never really practiced medicine. He was always interested in research.
He was one of the few early Indians who went on a Rockefeller Scholarship to the Dunn Nutrition Laboratory at Cambridge University in Britain, in 1938. He went there to pursue his Research in Vitamins.
|Listed as a Rockefeller Fellow|
|Proud Army Major in World WarII|
I felt that he was never able to live up to his potential in India. The environment, the ecosystem didn’t recognize or encourage the potential in my Father. He had many ideas, wanted to do so much, but being a very straight forward and simple person, he couldn’t survive or navigate through the political environment in the workplace and never was allowed to succeed. Sad that a person who could potentially have been another Noble Laureate from India, had he continued in Cambridge University, couldn’t succeed back in his home country, for which he returned and shunned going abroad again. A sad state of affairs in this country and no wonder there is so much of brain drain.
- never used to charge for poor people (free service),
- never used to charge a fellow Doctor,
- never charge a Relative
- never used to charge for a Followup visit.
If during the course of his investigation he found that some extra tests need to be done to confirm his findings, he never used to charge for the extra tests as he would say that I did it for validating my doubts. Can we ever imagine a Doctor today who lives by these values.
He went on to work till the ripe old age of 82 years and after his cataract operation he finally quit work. He donated his clinic for free to the hospital where he had set it up.
He went on to live a healthy life till 90 years and passed away in 1997.
He was recognized and honored for his distinguished work in the field of Science by the New York Academy of Sciences posthumously in 1998. The New York Academy of Sciences is among the oldest scientific organisations in the United States and the world and for 200 years since 1817 brought together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery. What a tragedy that he wasn’t alive to receive this great honor.
|The Book Release Program Invite|
Late in their lives, my parents were fortunate to travel to USA in 1988 courtesy my late Uncle Dr. CK Prahalad and other cousins in the USA. They truly enjoyed their trip to the US and treasured the trip memories for the rest of their life. He was particularly happy to have taken his wife to Cambridge University during their visit to United Kingdom and show her the place some 50 years later.
During his trip to the US and UK, my father had maintained a tour diary and jotted down meticulously each day events. I managed to publish a book “Our Journey to the New World” recapturing their memoirs of the wonderful trip. Long after their demise, we organised an Event – Raju Remembre and had my Uncle Dr. CK Prahalad release the book. The event was very well attended and all relatives and friends paid rich tribute to my parents.
Awesome. Truly privileged to have known him and spent time with him. In my lifetime. An inspiration to excell and be of service to others.
Ramesh I was very happy to read all the details about my aunty and uncle. Your writing was very good. M uncle and aunty are lucky to have a son like you.