Mt Sinha! US names mountain after Indian scientist

Akhouri Sinha was recognised by the US Geological Survey for his work he did as an explorer in 1971-72.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: July 1, 2014 4:15 pm
Akhouri Sinha was recognised by the US Geological Survey for his work he did as an explorer in 1971-72. Akhouri Sinha was recognised by the US Geological Survey for his work he did as an explorer in 1971-72.

The United States has named a mountain in Antarctica in honour of an eminent Indian-American scientist whose pioneering biological research expedition has provided critical data about animal populations.

Akhouri Sinha, adjunct professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota, was recognised by the US Geological Survey, which named the mountain Mt Sinha, for his work he did as an explorer in 1971-72.

Sinha was a member of a team that catalogued population studies of seals, whales and birds in the pack ice of the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas using US Coast Guard Cutters Southwind and Glaciers in 1972 and 1974.

The mountain was named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) and the US Geological Survey.

Mt Sinha, a mountain (990 m) at the southeast extremity of Erickson Bluffs in the south part of McDonald Heights, overlooks lower Kirkpatrick Glacier from the north in Marie Byrd Land.

“Anyone can see the Mt Sinha, Antarctica on or,” Sinha said.

“Show to the world that you are capable, don’t be afraid to contact people out in the field today, and grab every opportunity,” he said.

Sinha, who graduated with a BSc degree from the Allahabad University in 1954 and MSc degree in Zoology from the Patna University in 1956, said he was invited to conduct research on reproduction of Antarctic seals by the National Science Foundation Antarctic Program.

He also taught in the Department of Zoology at the Ranchi College from November 1956 to July 1961, before coming to the US.

“I went to Antarctica on two expeditions lasting for about 22 weeks on the US Coast Guard cutters, Southwind and Glacier, during 1972 and 1974, respectively,” said Sinha, who has published over 100 papers and has been teaching graduate level courses for almost 25 years.

Sinha says his forefathers migrated to Buxar in Bihar from Delhi after Nadir Shah of Iran invaded Delhi in 1739.

“I go to my village (Churamanpur) almost every year, preferably in February to escape Minnesota winter and to visit relatives and village friends and others.”

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  1. K
    Jul 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm
    Very inspiring, Congratulations to Dr Sinha. How about naming the excavations in Dandiakhera after someone from Geological Survey of India or Archeological Department for their efforts or the UPA's Minister responsible to push the government to unearth 1000 Mts of Gold dreamt by Sadhu Shoban Sarkar as buried therein !
    1. B
      Jul 1, 2014 at 9:30 pm
      Sorry, who are these Americans to go naming mountains on everybody's behalf. A Deccan Hindu discovered Great Britain and wrote about the natives there, he was the great explorer Chrath Bagwan, he named Scotland Uttar Prashtra. Hindustan has named all the mountains in Antarctica already, after our great freedom fighters.So sorry Americans these mountains already had Indian names.No vacancy India has named everything in Antarctica and our Indian atlas of the area with, Indian names will be published soon.
      1. T
        Jul 7, 2014 at 5:04 pm
        Where is the written record? Please share