Gokulananda Mahapatra

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Gokulananda Mahapatra
Born (1922-05-24)24 May 1922
Bhadrak, Odisha
Died 10 July 2013(2013-07-10) (aged 91)
Occupation Scientist
Language Odia
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Education MSc, Phd
Alma mater University of Calcutta,
Utkal University
Genre Science fiction
Notable awards Kalinga Prize (2010)
Spouse Kumudini Mohapatra
Children Jyotshna Mahapatra,
Girija Mahapatra,
Rashmi Mohanty,
Snigdha Patnaik,
Nanda Nandan Mahapatra

Gokulananda Mahapatra (24 May 1922 – 10 July 2013)[1] was an Indian scientist and science fiction writer, who popularized science in the Odia language. Mahapatra has authored over 95 science fiction and children science books.[2] Some of his notable contributions are Krutrima Upagraha, Prithibi bahare Manisha, Chandra ra Mrutyu, Nishabda Godhuli, Madam Curie and Nila Chakra Bala Sapare. He was the founding member of Orissa Bigyana Prachar Samhiti with the objective of making science popular in the state of Orissa. He received Orissa Sahitya Akademy Award for his book E juga ra sreshtha abiskara.[3]

Early life and career

Mahapatra was born in Bhadrak, Odisha. He went on to do MSc from the University of Calcutta and was honored with PhD from the Utkal University. He also pursued FIC (Fellow in Chemistry) degree at Brandeis University (Boston, MA). He retired as the Head of the Department of Ravenshaw University.[3]

Honours and awards

Mahapatra was awarded the Kalinga Prize in 2010,[4][5][6][7] the Orissa Sahitya Akademy Award in 1986,[8] and R K Parija Samman Saala Samman[3] for his contribution to science literature in Odia.


Science fiction

  • Pruthibi bahare manisha
  • Krutrima Upagraha
  • Chandrara Mrutyu
  • Nishabda Godhuli
  • Sunara Odisha
  • Mrutyu eka matrutwa ra
  • Nishchala pruthibi
  • Mrutyu rashmi


  • Udanta thalia
  • Chaturtha parisara
  • Bigyana bichitra
  • Bigyanara srestha abiskara
  • E jugara srestha abiskara


  1. ^ http://sambadepaper.com/Details.aspx?id=60149&boxid=2179421
  2. ^ Jaiswal, Binita (2012). "'I succeeded because I followed my passion' - Times Of India". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 11 July 2013. written 95 books, which include science fiction novels, science books for children, biography of some renowned scientists and many others
  3. ^ a b c Abraham, Priya (4 December 2010). "Utkal lab to get a new look". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Scientist Mohapatra Gets Kalinga Samman-2011". Outlookindia. 4 January 2010. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  5. ^ "60th Anniversary of Unesco: International Conference for Celebration of 60th Anniversary of UNESCO Kalinga Prize for Popularization of Science, Bhubaneswar, January 4th & 5th, 2012". Kalingafoundationtrust.com. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Scientist Mohapatra gets Kalinga Samman-2011". The Money Control. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Scientist Mohapatra Gets Kalinga Samman-2011". in.com. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  8. ^ Orissa Sahitya Academy Archived 10 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
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