Sir J. C. Bose, a great visionary scientist, realized the importance of physics in biology as early as in 1900, and later scientists like N. N. Dasgupta, R. K. Poddar, and A. R. Gopala Ayengar played a major role in various activities of biophysics research and teaching in India. In the 1950s, G. N. Ramachandran started a laboratory for studying structures of biologically important molecules using x-ray crystallography at the University of Madras. The triple helical structure of collagen and the famous Ramachandran plot (used by all protein crystallographers for predicting the protein secondary structures) were discovered from his laboratory at Madras (Chennai as it is now called), which put India on the world map on Biophysics. At the same time, biophysical research in several other parts of the country, involving physicists and biologists, started to address diverse problems of biophysics.
The Indian Biophysical Society (IBS) was formed in 1965 and registered under Act XXVI of 1961...
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