Girjesh Govil earned his BSc degree from Lucknow University and MSc degree from Allahabad University. Then he joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and later moved to Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, and earned his PhD degree from the University of Mumbai. He did his post-doctoral Fellowship at National Physical Laboratory in UK and National Research Council (NRC), Canada. Later, he served as Visiting Scientist at NRC, the National Institutes of Health, USA and Kobe University, Japan. Govil served as Senior Professor, Raja Ramanna Fellow and is presently INSA Golden Jubilee Research Professor at TIFR, Mumbai.
Academic and Research Achievements: During the earlier years of his career, Govil was involved in creating facilities and awareness about the newly developed field of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). This was also his main area of research. Afterwards he turned his attention to quantum chemical and statistical calculations on biological molecules, biochemical fuel cells and other experimental areas. He has published over two hundred and fifty research articles and five books of which the title NMR in Biological Systems is unique, as it encompasses all areas of biology from molecules to human. He has mentored a number of PhD students.
Other Contributions: Govil has taken an initiative towards Education and Capacity Building in least developed countries (LDC). The TWAS has selected him as TWAS Professor for teaching in Kathmandu University. He has served on a number of other national and international committees for chemistry and biophysics. He was President of the International Council for NMR in Biological Systems, the Indian Biophysical Society, the Indian Chemical Society and Vice President of the International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics. He has served as a member of Task Forces for NMR (as Chairman) and Education and Capacity Building, and of other international bodies. Govil served INSA as Secretary to the Council (1989-92) and as Additional Council Member (2002).
Awards and Honours: Professor Govil is also the recipient of SS Bhatnagar Award, FICCI Award, Goyal Award, Rango Krishna Asundi Memorial Lecture of INSA (1988), PC Ray Memorial Award, NR Dhar Award, JC Ghosh Memorial Awards, Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Visiting Fellowship of INSA (1994) and the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Indian Science Congress Association and the Indian Chemical Society. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).