Dr. J.P. Verma (Jeevan Prakash Verma), Ph.D. (Lucknow), was research scholar, Botany Department, Lucknow University, Lucknow during 1958-61. He joined as lecturer, Department of Botany, Kalyani University, Kalyani, West Bengal during 1961and remained there upto 1969. During 1969 he joined as Scientist, Division of Mycology and Plant Pathology, IARI, New Delhi. He was inducted in ARS in 1975, promoted in 1976, 1982 and continued in IARI as Bacteriologist and later as Professor. He significantly contributed in the field of plant bacteriology, especially on cotton bacteriology and has published more than 135 research papers and 16 books including a book on Bacterial Blight of Cotton published in 1986 by the CRC Press, Florida, USA; The Bacteria, MPH Publication, New Delhi, 1987; General Bacteriology (Hindi) published by the Commission for Sci. & Tech. Terminology, New Delhi, 1988.
Dr. Verma was a brilliant student. He got Birbal Sahni Memorial Gold Medal for standing first class first at the M.Sc. examination in 1958. He was also awarded Ruchi Ram Sahni Research Prize in Botany for the best piece of research work carried out at the Lucknow University during 1960. Hexamar Award in December, 1981 for cotton improvement. He also got Government Merit Scholarship (1956-58) for B.Sc. result, Research Training Scholarship (1958-1961) for M.Sc. results; DAAD Fellowship, West Germany (1978); Science research scholarship for 1964 under the British Commonwealth University Interchange Scheme and was selected in the INSA bilateral exchange programme to visit Germany (1991-92, for three weeks).
In view of his outstanding contributions, various awards and honours were conferred on him viz. President, Section of Agricultural Sciences, 77th Session of Indian Science Congress Association, (1990); Member, Sectional Committee, INSA, Plant Sciences (1991); Member, Pathology Panel, ICAR (1989-92); Convener, Cotton Group, IARI, New Delhi (1977-80). He was Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (FNA), National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India Indian Phytopathological Society (FPSI) and life member of Society of Plant Pathologists, Lucknow, Indian Sciences Congress Association, Calcutta. He also delivered several important lectures viz., Platinum jubilee lecture in the section of Agricultural Sciences, 79th session of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA); Mundkur Memorial Lecture (IPS) 1991.
Dr. Verma had special interest for editing. He was Chief Editor, Indian Phytopathology, (1986-88, 1989-91); Editor, Indian Phytopathology (1980-82); Editor, Review of Tropical Plant Pathology; Edited several volumes like Technology Blending and Agrarian Prosperity, 1990; Farming Systems and Integrated Pest Management, 1992; Vistas in Plant Pathology, 1986; Current Trends in Plant Pathology, 1974.
Dr. Verma passed away on September 4, 2005.