Dr. Gopal Swarup was born on 30th May 1928. He did his High School from UP Board during 1942 and did his B.Sc. (Ag) and M.Sc (Ag) Plant Pathology from Agra University during 1946 and 1948 respectively. He did his Associate IARI Plant Pathology from IARI, New Delhi during 1950 and left for Kansas State University, USA for M.S. Plant Pathology and Ph.D Plant Pathology which he did during 1954 and 1956 respectively.
Dr. Swarup joined IARI as Assistant Mycologist during 1956 and was in the position till 1958. During this period he was associated with the research on wheat rust. After that he wasAssistant Plant Pathologist (1958-63), Plant Pathologist (Nematodes) (1963-74). During 1974-78 he joined UPSC, New Delhi as Deputy Secretary, but again joined IARI, New Delhi as Head, Nematology (1978-81), Senior Nematologist (1981-84) and Professor, Nematology (1984-88). He dedicated himself in research and teaching during this period and 25 Ph.D and M.Sc students obtained degrees under his supervision and published above 150 papers. He also published 6 books on plant parasitic nematodes.
In view of his outstanding contributions, various awards and honours were conferred on him. He was elected member of Gamma Sigma Delta and Sigma XI Chapters, Kansas State University, USA; Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences; identified as Outstanding Scientist of IARI, New Delhi in 1986; awarded the Certificate of Honour and Hexamar Research Award for outstanding contributions in Nematology; recipient of Jeerasannidhi Lecture Award by the Indian Phytopathological Society; nominated as the Advisory Member for Nematology Session of International Conference in Australia; elected President of the Nematological Society of India and also the Indian Phytopathological Society (1989); elected Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Nematology; felicitated for Outstanding contributions to the Division and Science of Nematology at the 44th Foundation Day at IARI in 2010.
Dr. Swarup had four months training (Nov 1961-Feb 1962) on Plant Parasitic Nematodes at Rothamsted Experiment Station, UK and Post-Doctoral research for one year (Nov 1970-Oct 1971) at Department of Nematology, University of California, Davis, USA under the FAO/TA Program. As a specialist in the field of Plant Protection, he was appointed by the IARI to investigate the impact of ear-sickle disease in wheat in the Central part of Uttar Pradesh (1968). In 1971, he was member of a team appointed by the IARI to investigate the impact of rice root Nematodes on rice crop in Bihar. During 1979-80, he was member of an evaluation team of Govt of India to study the impact of new high yielding cereal varieties on the acceptance by the farmers, particularly the marginal ones.
Dr. Swarup superannuated from active service in 1988. He expired on 16th July, 2011.