Indra Bir Singh obtained BSc (Hons) (1961) and MSc (Geology) (1962) from University of Lucknow. After a brief stay at Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), he went to Germany in 1963 where he obtained Dr rer nat (1966) from Technical University of Stuttgart, under the guidance of H Aldinger. He worked on coastal sediments as Research Associate with HE Reineck at Seckenberg Institute and then spent two years (1967-68) as postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oslo, Norway. He returned to Senckenburg Institute and worked on coastal sediments in association with Reineck (1969-72), developing facies models of modern shallow marine deposits, namely tidal flats, beaches and continental shelf. He joined the Department of Geology (1972), started teaching and research in the field of sedimentology and stratigraphy, became Lecturer (1975), Reader (1984) and Professor (1986), Head of the Department (1995) and Dean (2003), all at Lucknow University and worked there till his retirement in 2008. He was Visiting Professor at Louisiana State University (1984-86) and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (1998-99). He was also Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany (1978-79). Presently, he is INSA Senior Scientist at Lucknow University.
Academic and Research Achievements: Singh applied the knowledge of environment to resolve geological problems of wide ranging time and space. He reinterpreted part of the Himalayan succession and established Pre-Cambrian - Cambrian boundary. He wrote a book on Indian deltas with Swamy. He made a comprehensive study of the Ganga Plain providing in-depth analysis of landform development, physical-geochemical process interaction and human landform interaction. He has been associated with important geoarchaeological findings, namely, identification of Ganga Plain as grassland in the past and domestication of rice since 8,500 years BP. Along with HE Reineck, he wrote the book Depositional Sedimentary Environments, which is considered as standard text for depositional environments and has been translated into Chinese and Russian languages.
Other Contributions: Singh developed the Centre of Sedimentological Research at Lucknow University and also the Department of Geology, Lucknow University. He has been associated with projects of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IGCP) and was Member of the Advisory Council of Directorate General of Hydrocarbons.
Awards and Honours: Professor Singh was conferred L Rama Rao Birth Centenary Award by the Geological Society of India (1996) and National Mineral Award by Ministry of Mines, Government of India (1996).