Goverdhan Mehta is an organic chemist who has made valuable contributions to the field of molecular synthesis. In addition to developing synthetic pathways for numerous biologically active compounds, he is known for being the first to have created many new and exciting molecular structures.
In addition to his pioneering synthetic work, Goverdhan has conducted valuable studies on the way in which the constituent electrons of a molecule influence its structural properties — a relationship known as the stereoelectronic effect. As a leading scientific figure in his home country of India, he has also devoted considerable time towards national issues of scientific education.
A former President of the Indian National Science Academy, Goverdhan is also a recipient of Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award. He has won over 40 scientific prizes for his influential research, and in 2004 was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the President of France.