Professor J.N. Chand (Jnanendra Nath Chand) was born on 1st February, 1930 at Santhal Pargana in Bihar. He obtained his Master’s degree in Plant Pathology from Agriculture College, Sabour, followed by Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, USA, in 1963 under the guidance of a world-renowned Plant Pathologist, Prof. John Charles Walker. Immediately after obtaining the doctoral degree he joined as Associate Professor at the Hisar campus of PAU. Dr. Chand joined as Professor and Head, Department of Plant Pathology at Jawaharlal Nehru University of Agricultural Sciences, Jabalpur in 1969 and later in 1970 returned to Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar where he served as Professor and Head, Plant Pathology (1977-1983) and then as Director of Publications (1983-1986). He continued working at HAU till his retirement in 1990 and later as Scientist Emertius at Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi, till his 1992. Dr. Chand was actively associated with the development of Plant Pathology Departments, both at PAU and HAU. During his illustrious career he has published more than 200 research papers in various professional journals of national and international repute, besides several books of practical importance for the students and scientists and guided 15 Ph.D. and 20 M.Sc. students for their research work. He was elected President of the two prestigious professional Societies, viz. Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS - 1988), and Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology (ISMPP). He was Member of the Plant Protection Panel of ICAR for several years. In recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions in Plant Bacteriology, he was honored posthumously with the award of ‘Outstanding Teacher’by ISMPP.
Dr. Chand expired in Ranchi on 24th October, 1992.