Karna Dev Bardhan
Karna Dev (better known as Chandu) was born in Jhansi (Central India) on 16 August 1940. He underwent medical training at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, and shortly after graduation won a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, and carried out research in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, his first taste of serious investigation. This led to a DPhil and some early publications. Resuming clinical training, he was a registrar in Sheffield and at the (then) early age of 32 became a consultant physician and gastroenterologist at Rotherham. Here, research and clinical trials became a major feature of his clinical work. He set up the charity, The Bardhan Research and Education Trust, which continues to support research both locally and nationally. Prof. Bardhan, now 70, retired from clinical practice in March 2011 and works fulltime at Rotherham in research and teaching.
Commitment to the work
On starting at Rotherham I asked my bosses for some lab space. They were surprised but nevertheless made space available. From this our research grew. The early clinical trials brought in some research grants from industry, which in those days was considered a gift for personal use. Consultants’ salaries then were very low and we had financial problems but my wife was keen that the grants be used for research and to help others less fortunate, rather than for a 'nice Mercedes', which one of our hospital finance chaps jokingly suggested. It is not my style!