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was also the brain behind the discovery of Di-ethylcarbamzine, which has helped affected nations fight the ugly scourge of filaria.

"The tragedy of SubbaRow is that while he pioneered the research leading to the discovery of these molecules and helped synthesise the drugs, it was the people that came in later, after he died so young unfortunately, who further developed it into major molecules and took the credit," said Dr. R. Bhatnagar, chief medical officer at the Parliament Medical Centre, and an admirer of the Indian scientist.

"He was the first to think and work on these lines. He deserves a place among the top scientists of the country. The government should institute an award in his name for biochemistry research," Bhatnagar told IANS.

The Films Division of India is making a film on the researcher, who was born in 1895, and Nehru Memorial Museum is launching a website on him. It would include SubbaRow's research papers and 10,000 letters and several interviews with his fellow researchers and friends.

In fact, all the news available today on SubbaRow, on his family in India and also about his research in the US, is largely due to the efforts of veteran journalist and author S.P.K. Gupta who has untiringly ferreted out information on the scientist. He wrote a book on SubbaRow "Yellapragada SubbaRow: In quest of Panacia", and has used the proceeds from it to launch a website on the scientist.

"When SubbaRow died, the Herald, which is now the International Herald Tribune, hailed him as one of the greatest medical minds of this century (20th century) in an article. It also had an editorial on him as well as a front-page story. I have the clippings," Gupta, in his 70s, told IANS.

"I even asked the Nobel committee whether they had ever considered him for an award. I have written about it in my book. SubbaRow had discredited one of the Nobel prizes given to a British and German bioche
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