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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 271-272
In memoriam


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Aggarwal R. In memoriam. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2000;10:271-2

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In the passing away of Dr. M.L. Aggarwal, India has lost a pioneer and senior most professor of Radiology who strode like a Colossus across the field of Indian Radiology for six decades. His death is a great loss to this country particularly medical science. He was a brilliant scientist, a great teacher and an excellent human being. {He was certainly amongst the best academicians who constitute the finer fibre of excellence}.

Dr. Aggarwal gave the best talent to this country and raised the standard of Radiology as he was member of most of the selection committees like Union Public Service Commission, B.H.U. Lucknow, Delhi University, Punjab Public Service Commission and Post Graduates institutes like AIIMS and PGI.

In view of his academic eminence he was the youngest to be selected among the top most Radiologists out of one hundred doctors [in all specialities] from all over the country as founder Fellow of the National Academy, the highest academic body in the country formed in 1961. Since 1962 he had been recommending top most radiologists to become fellows of the National Academy.

His calibre as a teacher and academician can be adjudged by the lasting impression he made on his patients, students and colleagues and the quality of doctors and teachers he produced.

Dr. Aggarwal was born on 19-9-1914 at Batala (Punjab). He was the eldest son of Dr. Diwan Chand Aggarwal, one of the earliest pioneers and a renowned radiologist. After brilliant schooling he stood first in the university in the Intermediate examination and did his M.B.B.S from King Edward Medical College in Lahore in 1938. The influence of grooming of Sargood Fry, Talyor, Mirajkar and Col. Amir Chand I.M.S, teachers from Edinburgh was visible in him.

During the next eight years up to 1946 he joined his father in his radiological practice at Lahore and was adjudged one of the best Radiologists. In 1946 he went to London for post graduation in Radiology under Sir Brian Windyer at Middle Sex Hospital. He left lasting impression in academic circles.

Lt. Col. B.S. Nat, then Inspector General of Civil Hospitals Punjab prevailed upon his father to relieve him to join Amritsar Medical College as Head of the Radiology Department where he became Professor of Radiology in 1960 till is retirement in 1972. He along with his other colleagues like K.L. Wig, Santokh Singh Anand and P.N. Chutani made Amritsar Medical College world famous.

Dr. Aggarwal had made great contribution to Radiology by writing large number of papers of international level. He had been recognised as an authority in the field of Radiology throughout India. As Chief Editor of Indian Journal of Radiology from 1964 to 1974 he raised the standard of the journal and won for it world wide recognition.

He received Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose Memorial Oration Award in 1970 (the highest academic honor from Indian Radiological Association.) He had been member of Royal College of Radiology, Association of Advancement of Medical Sciences, I.R.I.A, I.M.A. and Fellow Indian College of Radiology.

He was chief guest at the 1st North Zone Conference of Imaging and Radiological Association in 1978 held at Amritsar and 9th conference held in 1995 at Rohtak Medical College. He was convenor of examination of National Board of Examination in Radiodiagnosis in 1981. He was President of Indian Radiological Association Delhi Branch (1997-98). Delhi in 1974 on the request of Dr. K.L. Wig to upgrade the Radiology Department of Ganga Ram Hospital and started a private clinic in 1974 at his residence at A1/150, Safdarjang Enclave, New Delhi in collaboration with his Radiologist son Dr. Ravi Aggarwal whom he groomed so well as to maintain the highest academic traditions. The continued urge for academic excellence of father and son resulted in heritage of academic material of sixty years on Radiology in the form of films, slides and prints.

Even his grandson, Dr. Raghav Aggarwal, son of Dr. Ravi Aggarwal was attracted by the scintillating academic excellence prevailing in the family and he is now pursuing M.D. in Radiodiagnosis at Amritsar Medical College. Early third millennium is eagerly awaiting to see the fourth generation of Aggarwals in Radiology - a matter of pride and rare distinction for any country.

Dr. Aggarwal sired three sons who are successful in their own vocations. Dr. M.L. Aggarwal of saintly disposition, a Karamyogi and a reverend public personality passed away peacefully on 27th of July, 1999 - a day after performing the marriage of his grandson Dr. Raghav Aggarwal. He leaves behind a loving wife, three sons and six grand children and two great grand children.

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