Eminent Parsi botanists
The Marathi Vigyan Parishad has brought out a booklet titled 100 Botanists (in Marathi) listing the achievements of Indian botanists of eminence who have contributed substantially for the advancement of knowledge.
Among these 100, figure six Parsi botanists.
Prof F. R. Bharucha, director, Institute of Science, Bombay and pioneer ecologist of India;
Prof Jamshedji Chenoy, economic botanist and plant physiologist at the Indian Agriculture Research Institute, Delhi and later at Gujarat University, Ahmedabad;
Dr Ardeshir Damania, currently at the University of California, Davis. His research speciality is genetic resources;
Prof Rustomji Dastur is best known for his path-breaking research on cotton crops;
Dr Nariman Irani of St Xavier’s College Bombay figures for his noteworthy work on flora;
Dr V. M. Meher-Homji, research director at the French Institute of Scientific Research and honorary dean, School of Ecology, Pondicherry University, for his research on forests and distribution of species.