ESA Narayanan obtained his PhD (1945) from University of London, UK specializing in zoology. He served as the Principal, Central College of Agriculture, New Delhi; Head, Department of Agriculture, Chairman and Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Delhi; Director, Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute, Chennapatna.
Academic and Research Achievements:Narayanan’s work covers almost all the sub-disciplines of pure and applied entomology: taxonomy, morphology, anatomy, biology, parasitology, field control operations and biological control of insect pests and noxious weeds. As Director, Central Sericultural Research Institute, he was responsible for investigations in experimental genetics and manipulation of reshuffling of genes. These led to the evolution of several new races of silkworms with superior commercial characteristics.
Others Contributions:He served as chief editor of Indian Bee Journal and chairman of editorial board of Indian Journal of Sericulture.
Awards and Honours:Narayanan was a Fellow, Royal Entomological Society (London), Entomological Society of India (President, 1952-58, 1960-62), Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, and National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad. He served as the President, Agricultural Sciences Section, Indian Science Congress (1957).