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Prof. V A MURTHY, M.Sc, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Loyola College, Chennai
Taxonomist and soil fauna - microarthropod - expert
Born 10th April 1936, Professor V A Murthy had his early education in a village. Had high school education through the P. S. High School, Chennai. With an Intermediate from Vivekananda and a B.Sc., followed by an M.A., in Zoology through the Presidency College, he joined the Loyola College as a Demonstrator in Zoology in 1958. He was promoted as Lecturer in 1959 and later as Professor in 1972 and assumed Headship of the Department of Zoology, Loyola College, Chennai in 1988. He was the first Dean of Sciences in Loyola College. He has served in almost all the Committees of the Loyola College, Chennai, and was responsible for starting the Visual Communication Department in the Loyola College, Chennai of which he functioned as HOD in charge for the formative two years of this Department.

RESEARCH:

Started learning about pseudoscorpions in 1958, and between 1958 and 1962 had published research papers on the taxonomy of pseudoscorpions including one in the Annals and Magazine of the Natural History published from London.

Submitted thesis for the M.Sc degree in 1963 describing 18 new species of pseudoscorpions and one new genus followed by the Ph.D., thesis in 1970 describing 48 new species and two new genera. This study also included the recognition of the growth zone in the chelate digit thereby making the position of the tactile setae important in the taxonomy of pseudoscorpions.

Has guided 18 students for Ph.D., and has published a monograph in 1978 in the Oriental Insects delineating the different families with current taxonomical criteria. All the known genera of pseudoscorpions were delineated with clear and current taxonomical characters. A brief account of all the pseudoscorpions known from India is accounted for. 

Under his supervision studies pertaining to the reproductive biology of pseudoscorpions had been studied revealing functioning of the ovary at different stages of reproduction and also established the different types of spermatophores in pseudoscorpions. Courtship behaviour and the sperm intake mechanisms in pseudoscorpions were unearthed, which also established the evolutionary tracts among the different families of pseudoscorpions. Professor Murthy was the first to establish the mutualistic association of pseudoscorpions in beehive ecology.

More detailed studies by Prof Murthy and his team have resulted in the understanding of the taxonomic criteria in the different families of pseudoscorpions. His contributions to the study of ecology in general and the pseudoscorpions in particular are immense and highly valued by the scientific community.
PROF V A MURTHY, M.Sc, Ph.D.
Other Members
Dr. SULTAN AHMED ISMAIL
Mr. T K RAMKUMAR
Mrs. DHARINI KRISHNAN
Dr. MRS NAUSHEEN DAWOOD
Mrs. AZRA ASHRAF
C. DHAKSHAYANI
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