Zahoor Qasim

Zahoor Qasim

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Padma Bhushan Syed Zahoor Qasim (born December 31, 1926 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India) is a leading Indian marine biologist. Qasim helped lead India's exploration to Antarctica and guided the other seven expeditions from 1981 to 1988. He was a Member of the Planning Commission of India from 1991 to 1996. Qasim is an Honorary Professor of many universities, including Aligarh Muslim University, Madurai Kamraj University, Anna Malai University, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and Jamia Millia Islamia.

Early life

Qasim began his schooling from Majidiya Islamiya Intermediate College Allahabad, and then moved to Aligarh Muslim University, where he obtained a B.Sc. degree in 1949 and a M.Sc. degree in Zoology in 1951. He stood first in the order of Merit for which he was awarded the University Gold Medal. For several years, he was a lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Aligarh before proceeding to the United Kingdom for higher studies in 1953. In 1956 he completed his D.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University College of North Wales.


  • 1951-53: Lecturer, Department of Zoology, AMU Aligarh
  • 1957: Reader, Department of Zoology, AMU Aligarh
  • 1962-64: Professor, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Bombay
  • 1964:Assistant Director, The Directorate of International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE) under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
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