Professor D Balasubramanian headed the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute’s Prof. Brien Holden Eye Research Centre after an illustrious scientific career, which included positions such as Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Professor and Dean, University of Hyderabad. He was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2002, and has received several other awards from professional and institutional bodies. Notable among them are the Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science from UNESCO, the Third World Academy of Sciences Award for Basic Medical Science, and the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite from the President of France. He is a fomer president of the Indian Academy of Sciences. Prof. Balasubramanian’s research focused on the biology of eye diseases. He has over 160 publications in national and international journals and has authored three books. He is a member of several editorial boards and serves on a range of national and international scientific committees.