Born: Dec 26, 1934
Died: Dec 30, 2010
Dr J.G.Kannappan is 75 years of age, and is the Professor Emeritus of the TN Dr MGR. Medical University, Chennai. He has been teaching dental and medical students for the last 51 years. He has taught, BDS, MBBS, MDS, and MSc Forensic Odontology students. He has guided MPhil candidates too.
He has authored and edited 32 books in medical and dental subjects in English, Tamil and Hindi and they are in the world libraries.
During the first TN Govt service, he has served rendering dental relief in all villages of Tamil nadu, thro" the mobile dental van, which was donated to the Govt of TN by then Vice President of India, Dr Sir Radhakrishnan.
His research in leprosy is unique and that he has declared that leprosy is preventable and curable. His second research is about oral nutritional deficiency ulcers and symptoms are due to GIT worms. He has done the autopsy of the head at the site of Rajiv Gandhi assassination in 1990. He has formulated classification of dental appliances for the cleft palate patients and many more.

He was educated for the BDS, course also one year training in U.K. by the Govt. of India five year schemes. In realization of this generosity of the Govt. of India, Prof Kannappan has devoted his services to the poor and needy of the nation.

As a token of gratitude to Govt of India, Dr Kannappan has established many endowments in the universities, schools and colleges for the benefit of youngsters. 

He has been conferred many covetable awards namely,

1. Dr B.C.Roy National Award 1982 - both by the Medical council
2. Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Award 1992 of India
3. Prof H D Guptha award from King George Medical College during their 150 year celebrations 1989
4. First medical TANSA Award from Tamilnadu State council for Science and Technology 1994-1995
5 Two Rotary club awards a. for the sake of Honour 1993-1994 b. outstanding teachers award 2004.
6.. Periyar Award 1998
7..Centinarian Seva Rathna Award 1998
8. ISDR Founder's Award 2003
9. Prof.Kanakaraj ISDRsenior 2006 researcher ward
10.Diamond Jublee DCI Award 2010
11.Life Time Achiever Award during post centinary platinum jublee year celebration of MMC 2010

There are more number of such distinguished awards to his credit.

He has been conferred prestigious DSc (Hon Casua) degree of the TN Dr.MGR. Medical University, by His Excellency Shree Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Tamil Nadu.

Prof Kannappan was President to the national professional associations; Indian Orthodontic Society, Indian Society for Dental Research: Vice President, Forensic Science Society of India. He is presently Founder President of the Indian Association of Forensic Odontology.

He has delivered invitation lectures in all countries of the world As Professor Kannappan is fully qualified and has distinguished life span in the field of dentistry
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