Born Aug. 9, 1892, (official date Aug.12, 1892***)
Shiyali (now known as Sirkazhi), Tamilnadu, India
Died Sept. 27, 1972,
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Father:N. Ramamrita Ayyar, landlord(1866-1898)
1907 Married Rukmini(1896-1928)
July 1929 Married Sarada(1908-1985)
November 1932 Son, Yogeshwar, born April 12
Education and Work:
He was educated at the Hindu High School in Shiyali, at Madras Christian College(where he took B.A. and M.A. degrees in mathematics in 1913 and 1916), and at Teachers College, Saidapet.
In 1917 he joined the faculty of Government College, Mangalore.
From 1917 to 1921 he subsequently taught at Government College, Coimbatore,and he joined as Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Presidency College, Madras in 1921-1923.
In 1924 he was appointed first librarian of the University of Madras, and in order to fit himself for the post he traveled to England to study at University College, London.
From 1925 to 1944 he took up the job at Madras in earnest in 1925 and held it until 1944.
From 1945 to 1954 he served as librarian and as professor of library science at Hindu University in Varanasi (Banaras), and from 1947 to 1954 he taught at the University of Delhi.
From 1954 to 1957 he was engaged in research and writing in Zürich.
He returned to India in the latter year and served as visiting professor at Vikram University, Ujjain, until 1959.
In 1962 he founded and became head of the Documentation Research and Training Centre in Bangalore, with which he remained associated for the rest of his life, and in 1965 he was honoured by the Indian government with the title of national research professor in library science.
Five Laws of Library Science (1931)
Colon Classification (1933)
Classified Catalogue Code (1934)
Prolegomena to Library Classification (1937)
Theory of the Library Catalogue (1938)
Elements of Library Classification (1945)
Classification and International Documentation (1948)
Classification and Communication (1951)
Headings and Canons (1955).
1937-1947 Editorial Board, Modern Librarian
1939-1944 Conducted Memoirs, Madras Library Association
1947 Editorial Board, Indian Librarian
1949-1953 Editor, Abgila, Indian Library Association
1951 Associate Editor, Libri
1954-1963 Editor, Annals of Library Science
1959 American Documentation
1964-1972 Editor, Library Science with a Slant to Documentation
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