Sneha Girap (Editor)

A Aiyappan

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Preceded by  F. H. Gravely
Name  A. Aiyappan
Profession  Anthropologist

Alma mater  University of Madras
Succeeded by  S. T. Satyamurthi
Role  Poet
A. Aiyappan Tijo Raju January 2015
Born  5 February 1905 Pavaratty, Thrissur (1905-02-05)
Died  October 21, 2010, Thiruvananthapuram

Ayinapalli Aiyappan (5 February 1905 – 28 June 1988) was an museologist who served as Superintendent of the Government Museum, Madras from 1940 to 1960. He was the first Indian to occupy the post. Aiyappan was also an amateur archaeologist who did pioneering excavations on the archaeological site at Arikamedu.



A. Aiyappan A Ayyappan Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

Aiyappan was born into the Ezhava community. He obtained an MA in economics from the University of Madras in 1927, and in 1929 he joined the Government Museum, Madras. He continued to study, taking a PhD in 1937 after being a student of Raymond Firth at the London School of Economics. He became head of the museum in 1940 and continued there until 1958, whilst also being a visiting professor at Cornell University during 1954–1956. He became professor and head of the Department of Anthropology at Utkal University in 1958, and filled the same role at Andhra University in 1966–1967. In 1969 he was appointed vice-chancellor of Kerala University, a post in which he stayed for either 18 months or until 1972, dependent on the source selected.

A. Aiyappan A Ayyappan remembered Kerala Latest News Kerala

In 1970 he became a sponsoring founder and first chairman of the Centre for Development Studies. He was also a sponsoring founder and director of the Tribal Research Bureau of Odisha (now known as Tribal and Harijan Research and Training Institute), and director of the Department of Rural Welfare of Odisha.

A. Aiyappan Times and Places Prithvi39s Weblog

Aiyappan was involved in the reorganisation of the Odisha Museum as a multipurpose museum with the addition of natural history, mining and geology, and anthropology galleries. He was awarded the Saratchandra Roy Gold Medal of the Asiatic Society in Bengal. He was also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He died on 28 June 1988.


  • Iravas and Cultural Change (PhD thesis, published in Bulletin of the Madras Museum, 1945)
  • Social Revolution in a Kerala Village (1965)
  • Nayads of Kerala
  • The Personality of Kerala
  • Physical Anthropology of the Nayadis of Malabar
  • Bharathappazhama ( Malayalam)
  • References

    A. Aiyappan Wikipedia

    Similar Topics
    Calcutta (1947 film)
    Andreas Makris (footballer)
    Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary