b.11 May 1926 d.23 October 1986
MB BS Luck(1950) MD(1953) MRCPE(1955) MRCP(1955) FRCP(1983)
Saroop Chand Jain was born in Allahabad, India, where his father Phul Chand Jain was a businessman. After early education in Allahabad he entered the King George Medical College at Lucknow, where he graduated in 1950. His particular interest was cardiology and in 1954 he came to the United Kingdom for postgraduate education, obtaining his MRCP in 1955 and returning to India in 1956, when he was appointed as lecturer in medicine at King George Medical College.
In 1958 he joined the GSVM Medical College, Kanpur, as reader in medicine, being appointed professor in 1965. During this period his interest in cardiology increased and he spent over two years in the United States at the Buffalo School of Medicine and Childrens’ Hospital, Medical Center, Boston, for further training in his specialty. In 1971 he was appointed head of the newly formed department of cardiology at the GSVM Medical College. His outstanding leadership and untiring efforts resulted in the department becoming the LPS Institute of Cardiology, Kanpur, and Jain became its professor and director in 1975, a post he held until his retirement in 1986.
Saroop Jain had a brilliant academic record and a high degree of clinical expertise. He was an excellent teacher and greatly respected by his students and colleagues. Perhaps his major contribution to medicine in India was the establishment of the Institute, which confers both degrees and diplomas. This Institute is devoted to teaching, research, and the medical care of cardiac patients. It is the only one of its kind in Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in India. It was here that Jain carried out his research in the field of cardiology. He wrote some 35 papers and pioneered cardiac electrophysiology in India.
He married Shakuntala, daughter of Sumeru Chand Jain, in 1952, and they had two sons and a daughter. One son, Anoop Jain, is also a doctor.
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
(Volume VIII, page 243)
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