Dr Coluthur Gopalan FRS
Coluthur Gopalan has useful and important contributions to our knowledge of protein requirements of humans; the mechanism of famine oedema; the basic deficiency of kwashiorkor and marasmus; lactation in undernourished women; and food toxins. He showed that aflatoxin produces hepatic carcinoma in primates. His suggestion that amino acid imbalance may be one cause of pellagra has been supported by recent work. Coluthur has played an outstanding part in building up the Indian National Institute of Nutrition since it moved to Hyderabad in training nutritional scientists and in applying advances in nutrition to India and other developing countries.