Professor P.N.Tandon

Name : Prof. P. N. Tandon

Date of Birth: 13th August, 1928

Current Position held : President National Brain Research Center (NBRC) Society.

Office Address :

National Brain Research Centre, Near NSG Campus, Nainwal More, Manesar 122 050.

Phone No.

0124 233 8929
Fax NO. 0124 - 233 8928
Email Address:
Residential Address :
No:1, Jagriti Enclave, Vikas Marg Extension, Delhi-110092.

Phone No.


M.B.B.S.(Lucknow) 1950, stood first in the University; M.S. (1952); FRCS(England) 1956; FAMS, 1973; FNASc(1976); FNA(1979); FASc(1983); F.T.W.A.S.(1992); D.Sc(h.c.).


Speciality Training in Neurosurgery and Allied Neurological Disciplines, Ulleval Hospital, Oslo University 1957-58; Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University 1959-60

Appointments held 
Professor of Neurosurgery, K.G. Medical College, Lucknow 1963-65; Professor of Neurosurgery, AIIMS, New Delhi (1965-90); Bhatnagar Fellow (CSIR), AIIMS 1990 - 1995.

Awards & Honours
Padma Sri (1973); Hon. Surgeon to the President of India (1977-80); B. C. Roy Award for Developing a speciality (1980); M.N. Sen Oration (1980); UGC National Lecturer (1982); FICCI Award for Life Sciences (1983); Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship (1984-85); Member Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (1986-89); Dhanwantri Prize, INSA (1986); Outstanding Alumnius Award, K.G. Medical College, Lucknow(1987) O.P. Bhasin Award for Medical and Health Sciences(1988); Padma Bhusan (1991); S.S. Bhatnagar Fellowship (1990-95); Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize, ICMR (1991); B.C. Roy Award for Eminent Medical Scientist (1993); Sir C.V. Raman Medal (1997); D.Sc (h.c, BHU) (1998); G.M. Modi Award for Innovative Science(1998). INDO-ASEAN Eminent Persons Lecturer (1999). M.N. Shah distinguished Fellow (2000).

Co-Chair : 
Steering Committee Inter-Academy Panel, (World Academies of Science)

National Brain Research Centre Society

Visiting Professor
University of Oslo, Norway: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA; University of Tripoli, Libya; Garyounis University, Libya; University of Torino, Italy; PGIMER, Chandigarh and JIPMER, Pondicherry.

Invited Lecturers in Foreign Universities
Universities of Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Tromso, Norway; Montreal Neurological Institute , Montreal Children Hospital, Montreal; St. Barnabas Hospital, New York, Denver, USA; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA; Howard University Washington, D. C. , USA; Karolinska Institute, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Leiden, Neimejgen, (Holland); Neurology Centre, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle, U.K.; Neurology Institute, Glasgow.

Fellowship of Academies and Scientific Societies

Fellow, National Academy of Medical Sciences (1973)

Member of the Council & Vice-President (1979)

Member, International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) (1979)

Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India (Member of the Council (1983), President   Biological Section (1984), Vice - President (1989-90), President (1997-98)

Fellow, Indian National Science Academy (1979), Secretary (1981-84, Vice- President (1989-90), President (1991-92).

Fellow Indian Academy of Science (1983)

Member, Academia Eurasiana Neurochirurgica (1985).

Member, Academy of Neuroscience (1986)

Honorary Member, Society of Neurological Surgeons, USA (1987)

Member, Norwegian Academy of Sciences (1987)

Honorary Member, Indo- Europa Foundation (1990)

Foreign Member, Society for Neurosciences, USA (1990)

Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine (London, 1992)

Fellow, Third World Academy of Science (1992)

Member of Editorial Board
Neurology India - Editorial Board 1964 onwards; Editor 1979-82; Phronesis: Spanish Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Quarterly Journal of Surgery; Proceedings of Indian National Science Academy 1981-82; NBT Cell for Core Book in Medical Sciences: Cephalalgia - an International Journal of Headache, Annals National Academy of Medical Sciences.


Monographs 13
Text Books/Invited Chapters 8
Scientific Papers 220


Prof. Prakash Narain Tandon, born on 13th August 1928 at Shimla, the second son of Smt. Saraswati Devi and Dr. R.N. Tandon, received his medical education at K.G. Medical College, Lucknow. Standing first in the MBBS examination (1950), he proceeded to specialize in Surgery obtaining M.S. degree (1952) and FRCS (England, 1956). He received his neurosurgical training at Oslo, Norway and the world-renowned Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Canada.

Declining several rewarding offers abroad, he returned to India, to start the first neurosurgical service in his Alma Mater. Constrained by the limited facilities he moved to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 1965 to establish a full-fledged academic department of Neurosurgery. Under his leadership this department has grown into the country's premier Neurosciences centre.

Notwithstanding a very heavy load of patient care and the responsibilities for teaching and training, Prof. Tandon was deeply committed to advance the frontiers of scientific research. His research contributions cover a wide range of basic and applied aspects of neurosciences, specially those concerned with neurological and neuorsurgical conditions of direct relevance for the health needs of our country. These included studies on pathogenesis, pathology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic problems and search for appropriate therapy for tuberculosis of the nervous system. These studies which revolutionized the management of diverse manifestation of this disease have now been acknowledged as standard references internationally. His investigations on head-injuries delineated a number of specific clinico-pathological entities like the posttraumatic temporal lobe lesions, primary and secondary brainstem dysfunction and damage, enlarging fracture of the skull in children. These established the scientific basis for appropriate therapy. His clinico-pathological studies on spontaneous subarachnoid haemorrhage helped in correcting the prevalent mistake belief regarding the etiology of this condition in Indian patients, thus paving the way for its rational management. Amongst his many other researches, which have resulted in over 220 scientific papers, 14 monographs and a number of invited contributions to national and international books, those specially worthy of mention are related to neuro-oncology, neuro-otology, neuronuclear medicine, and epilepsy. In recent years he has made landmark contributions in the field of neural transplantation.

Not satisfied with his personal achievements, he untiringly promoted, and continues to do so, the development of neurosciences in the country. He has catalysed the development of a series of national facilities, like Neuroinformatic Centre, Neural Transplantation Unit, and Brain Bank, Foetal Repository for study of developmental neurobiology in different parts of the country. His persistent efforts have let to the approval for establishing a National Brain Research Centre (NBRC). He is the founder President of the NBRC Society and Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Committee. His students have established neurosurgical departments in practically all regions of the country. 

In recognition of his scientific and leadership qualities - he has been increasingly called upon to serve on the policy-making bodies of various Scientific Academies, Research Councils and Government Departments, both nationally and internationally.