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Biographical entry Singh, Chandra Bhan (1900 - ?)

MB BS Lucknow 1926; FRCS 1932.

12 January 1900
General surgeon and Politician


Chandra Bhan Singh was professor of surgery and anatomy at the Medical College, Agra, India. He was born in Akaltara, Bilaspur, Madhya Pradesh on 12 January 1900, into a distinguished Rajput family. His father, Thakur Pachkour Singh, was a landlord; his mother was Swarn Kumari Devi Singh. He studied at Muir Central College, Allalabad and the King George's Medical College, Lucknow, and qualified in 1926. He gained his FRCS in 1932.

He was professor of surgery and anatomy at the Medical College, Agra, convenor of the board of studies at the University of Agra, principal, senior superintendent and professor of surgery at GSVM Medical College, Kanpur, dean of the faculty of medicine, Lucknow University, and an examiner for medical colleges and universities throughout India. He was a member of the Medical Council of India.

He retired in 1961 and two years later was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament, as a member of the Congress Party. He was convenor of the health standing committee from 1964 to 1965, and of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Party in Parliament. He was a member of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and of the mental health advisory committee and the health education bureau of the government of India.

He was married twice. His first wife, whom he married in 1921, died and in 1937 he married Winifred May De Souza. He had four sons and two daughters. Two of his sons followed him into the medical profession.

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