b.20 March 1901 d.6 September 1977
MB BS Bombay(1924) MRCP(1929) FRCP(1966)
Natwar J Modi was born in Ahmedabad (Gujarat), the son of JP Modi, who was an eminent jurist of his time.
Modi had his early education in Lucknow, and his medical course at Bombay University, in the Grant Medical College. After passing MB BS in 1924, he went to the UK and took his MRCP in 1929. Soon after his return to India in 1932, Modi joined the GT Hospital, Bombay, as an honorary physician, and held that post till he retired in 1956. He also worked as honorary professor of medicine at the Grant Medical College, Bombay, and as honorary physician at Sir Harkissondas Hospital, Bombay.
Modi actively participated in all the activities of the Association of Physicians of India. He was a member of the governing body and was an able editor of the Journal of the Association, being elected president of the Association for the year 1966. Modi was ‘Netaji’ orator for the API in 1974.
After retirement, Modi revised his father’s book on Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology and brought it up to date and published it. This revised edition of the book still serves as a useful guide in the courts and classrooms.
Modi was examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in medicine for many universities and worked hard towards raising the standard of medical education in India.
Natwar Modi was straightforward and outspoken by nature, and always acted up to his convictions. In this process, he incurred the displeasure at times of some of his friends and colleagues, but they in turn loved him for his integrity and intellectual honesty.
When Natwar Modi died he left behind him his wife, two sons and many grandchildren to mourn his loss.
[Jr. Assoc. Phys. Ind., 1977, 25]
(Volume VII, page 403)
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