Lives of the fellows

Pran Nath Taneja

b.4 October 1916 d.?
BSc Lahore(1936) MB BS(1941) MD(1944) MRCP(1946) DCH(1946) FAMSI(1960) FIAP(1980) FRCP(1987)

Pran Nath Taneja was a consultant paediatrician in New Delhi, India. He was born in Shahpur, India (now in Pakistan) the son of B D Taneja, a medical practitioner, and his wife, Maya Devi. After attending PBN High School in Amritsar, he continued his studies at Khalsa College, also in Amritsar. He studied medicine at Punjab University and King Edward Medical College in Lahore, qualifying in 1941. At the Balak Ram Medical College in Lahore, he was appointed assistant professor of paediatrics in 1946. Two years later he became professor of medicine and paediatrics at Assam Medical College in Dibrugarh, India and then accepted a post as paediatrician at the Irwin Hospital in Delhi, where he stayed until 1959.

After a spell as a visiting Rockefeller fellow at the children’s medical center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, he returned to India to become the first professor of paediatrics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi. He was there from 1959 to 1962, when he left to join the staff of the Maulana Azed Medical College in New Delhi as honorary professor and head of the department of paediatrics. In 1968 he became consultant paediatrician to three hospitals in New Delhi; the Holy Family, Mool Chand and Ganga Ram hospitals.

He published over 100 papers in various journals in India and elsewhere, and was, for three years, editor of the Indian journal of pediatrics. Internationally, he attended numerous conferences on subjects such as measles immunisation and malaria. A fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences of India, he was also a fellow of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, and was president of the latter in 1965.

In 1944, he married Swarji, who was a medical practitioner, and they had one son. She survived him, as did their son, Arvind, who also trained in medicine.

He was a keen golfer and, in his youth, had represented his college in tennis and swimming.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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