Uma Shankar Srivastava received DPhill (1947) from University of Allahabad and DIC (1958) from University of London, UK. He was Assistant Professor, University of Allahabad (1947-63); University Professor (1963-69), Dean, Faculty of Science (1965-67), Bihar University, Muzaffarpur; Professor and Head, Department of Zoology (1969-84), Dean, Faculty of Science (1978-81), University of Allahabad; Emeritus Scientist, National Academy of Sciences (India); also Visiting Professor, North Western University, Evanston, Illinois, USA.
Academic and Research Achievements: Srivastava made original contributions to insect endocrinology and insect developmental biology. He was the first to demonstrate the true moulting glands in Coleoptera and also the first to show time juvenilising effects of JH/JHA in higher Diptera. He reported that treatment of eggs on embryogenesis and postembryonic development is related to the hormone dose and stage of treatment; and also showed that insects with different ecological habitat respond differently to juvenoid treatment. He also studied postembryonic development of several organs or organ systems in insects.
Other Contributions: Srivastava served as Editor of the books: Glimpses of Science in India (Malhotra Publications, 1991); Science & Technology for National Development, Utilization of the Living Resources of Indian Seas, Inputs of Science & Technology for Development of Wastelands (all of the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, 1989); for the journals: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (India), and National Academy Science Letters; and author of some books for children in Hindi.
Awards and Honours: Professor Srivastava was conferred Sir JC Bose Award by Hari Om Trust-UGC (1982) and also became UGC National Lecturer. He was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad (sometime President), Entomological Society of India (sometime Vice-President), Zoological Society of India (sometime General Secretary), Indian Society of Developmental Biologists (sometime President); and President, Zoology, Entomology & Fisheries sections of Indian Science Congress (1976).