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Herbarium Somdeva
Vijaya Sharma
Dr. Gopal Singh Rawat
Dr. Anil K. Goel
Dr. Sachin Biswas
Dr. S. K. Upadhyaya
Arun Gupta
Dr. Wazahat Husain
Madhulika Choudhry
Dr. Govind. S. Rajwar
Dr. Ravindra Chibbar
Dr. Mahesh Bhandari
Surgeon Commodore (Retd.) Dr. A. K. Verma
Dr. M. A. Rau

Sandeep Puran Singh
Pradeep Sharma

Somdeva Sharma- An Appreciation
M. Anantaswamy Rau


Prof. Som Deva Sharma, formerly of the department of Botany, D.A.V. College, Dehradun, passed away recently. I had the privilege of knowing Prof. Sharma since 1956 when I went to Dehradun to start the Northern circle of the Botanical Survey of India. i have known him since then. He was a unique botanist and is to be admired for the collection of plants of the Garhwal region and building up a Herbarium of his own, all at his own expense. While all of us depended on government funding for the collection of plants and building up a Herbarium, he was unique in achieving all this at his own expense.

Prof. Sharma also authored a very valuable work on The Orchid Flora of North West Himalayas, a modern work, a version of the subject of a valuable book on the same subject, published early in the twentieth century by J. F. Duthie.

In his sad demise the botanical community has lost a dedicated worker and a unique personality


963, Lakshmipuram

22nd March, 2005