The Om P. and Nirmal Bahl Professorship in Biological Sciences
With the death of Dr. Om Prakash Bahl, Distinguished Professor of the State University of New York, in December 2004, the Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo and the social and scientific community lost one of its outstanding leaders.
Dr. Bahl joined UB in 1966 as assistant professor, rising to full professor in 1971 and serving as chair of the Department of Biological Sciences from 1976-83. Professor Bahl’s scientific research helped establish the molecular structure of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) — better known as the pregnancy hormone — in the early 1970s, and led directly to the development of the home pregnancy test. His accomplishments and commitment to fostering excellence in science greatly enhanced the reputation of the Department of Biological Sciences and the University at Buffalo world-wide. With equal distinction he served on a variety of editorial boards for scientific journals and worked as an advisor to the Population Council, the World Health Organization and the Population Research Committee of the National Institutes of Health. His achievements and dedication to science led to the conferral of the Padma Bhushan, the highest civilian award from the Indian government, presented to him by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Forever by his side and providing loving support, Mrs. Nirmal Bahl supported her husband’s endeavors, raised their three children, and served as a constant source of strength and support for her family and community.
In order to honor and perpetuate the legacy of Dr. Om P. and Mrs. Nirmal Bahl, the Bahl family has created and partially endowed fund within the University at Buffalo to be used for the purpose of funding an endowed professorship in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo (UB). This extraordinary gift by the Bahl family demonstrates their dedication to honoring the memories and accomplishments of their parents and their understanding of the need to bring world class professors to UB to continue the excellence established by Professor Bahl. When fully funded, the goal of this endowment is to attract and fund a leading scholar to the University who will carry on the tradition of excellence in research, teaching and community service exemplified by Dr. Om P. and Mrs. Nirmal Bahl.