Lives of the fellows

Rathnavelu Subramaniam

b.4 August 1912 d.?
BSc Madras MB BS MD MRCP FRCP(1969)

Rathnavelu Subramaniam was professor of medicine at Madras Medical College and a consultant physician at the Government General Hospital, Madras. He was born in Alathur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala. His father was Arunachalam Vasudeva Ratnavelu Pillai, a judge; his mother, Annapoorani, was the daughter of the superintendent of the Asiatic Petroleum Company. He was educated at Ramaswami Chettiar Elementary School in Chidambaram and then at Muthialpet High School in Madras. He went on to study medicine at Madras Medical College.

He carried out all his training at the Government General Hospital in Madras. In April 1940 he began his first post, as an honorary assistant physician. From 1941 to 1943 he was an assistant surgeon and an assistant physician. He then became an assistant professor of medicine at Madras Medical College and an assistant physician. From January 1942 he was also physician in charge of the leprosy department.

In April 1949 he was appointed as professor of therapeutics at the Madras Medical College and as a consultant physician at the Government General Hospital. From 1957 he was professor of medicine and from 1968 he was also dean of the Medical College. For one year, from 1950 to 1951, he was professor of medicine and professor of therapeutics at Stanley Medical College, also in Madras.

He was president of Madras Medical Services’ Association and the local branch of the Indian Medical Association, and a governor of the South Indian chapter of the American College of Chest Physicians. He was a life member of the Association of Physicians of India and the Cardiological Society of India. He wrote papers on, among other topics, tuberculous meningitis, atherosclerosis and bronchogenic carcinoma.

He was also interested in education. He founded and ran a girls’ high school, which was named in his honour, and was also president of a boys’ high school.

His hobby was photography, and he also enjoyed boating and tennis.

In 1942 he married Cheyyur Lalitha, the daughter of C Muthiah Mudliar, a landowner. They had a son and a daughter. In 2012 the Royal College of Physicians was notified of his death.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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