Prof. Prakash Chandra was born on 31 st March 1922 in a very small town in UP. He graduated from King George's Medical College; Lucknow in 1945 and then went the UK and obtained M.Ch Orth. and FRCS. He worked in various capacities in UK but his patriotic instinct brought him back to India to occupy the chair of Professor and Chief of Orthopaedics at AIIMS in 1961 which he held for nearly 24 years.
He devoted his full energies to develop a department from scratch and built it into one of the most modern departments of Orthopaedics in the country. The department is now regarded as a citadel of excellence in all its dimensions. His students are occupying important positions both in India and abroad.
He became Dean at AIIMS in 1979, a position which he occupied till his superannuation in 1984. His contributions to the Institute as Dean have been remarkable. He undertook the task of revising the curriculum for the undergraduate students and initiated the B.Sc. (Hons.) course in Nursing and B.Sc. in Human Biology.
He was thinker and philosopher and devised and modified a large number of instruments on his own. He was also an expert to supervise the technical aspects of a surgical instruments plant for IDPL. He conceived the project of Centralised Services for Trauma and Accidents in Delhi which will be commissioned soon.
His contributions in the field of Orthopaedics have well been recognised - he was bestowed upon with the national honour of Padmashree in 1983 and prestigious B.C.Roy Award in 1984. He was honoured with Emeritus Professorship at AIIMS in 1984.
Prof. Chandra's contributions to the Indian Orthopaedic Association were noteworthy. He was founder member of IOA and Secretary of the Indian Orthopaedic Association in 1967. He was the President of the Association in 1976. He was founder editor of The Indian Journal of Orthopaedics which was started in 1967.
He was not keeping good health in last six months and passed away on 24th November 2005.
He has left behind large number of his students and disciples who deeply mourn passing away of Prof. Chandra and pray that his soul will rest in heaven and GOD will give all his family members strength to bear this loss.