15 July 2015

Darashaw Nosherwan Wadia FRS 23.10.1984

Darashaw Nosherwan Wadia FRS (25 October 1883 – 15 June 1969) was a pioneering geologist in India and among the first Indian scientists to work in the Geological Survey of India. He is remembered for his work on the stratigraphy of the Himalayas. He helped establish geological studies and investigations in India, specifically at the Institute of Himalayan Geology, which was renamed in 1976 after him as the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. His textbook on the Geology of India, first published in 1919, continues to be in use.
Wadia presided over numerous committees and was on the editorial board of several journals. Wadia received numerous awards for his work. The Back Award from the Royal Geographical Society in 1934, the Lyell Medal from the Geological Society of London in 1943, the Joyakishan Medal from the Indian Association for the Advancement of Science in 1944, the Jagdish Bose Memorial Medal from the Royal Asiatic Society in 1947, an honorary degree of D.Sc. from the University of Delhi in 1947, the Nehru Medal of the National Geographic Society and the Padma Bhushan from India in 1958.
In 1951, a 2 Anna Indian postage stamp to commemorate the centenary of the Geological Survey of India illustratedStegodon ganesa was released.
The 100 P. stamp depicts a portrait of Dr. D. N. Wadia with the building of the Wadia Instiute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun in the background. The First Day Cover shows Dr. Wadia working at a microscope. The cancellation shows the geological hammer used by Dr. Wadia.

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