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Lal (Gobind Behari) Papers
BANC MSS 84/77 c  
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical sketch
  • Summary
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Gobind Behari Lal papers
    Creator: Lal, Gobind Behari
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 84/77 c
    Physical Description: 9 linear feet (7 cartons, 1 box)
    Date (inclusive): approximately 1930-1982.
    Language of Material: English .

    Restrictions on Access

    Collection open for research.
    Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of John Wynne and Phyllis Herron, as per the estate of Gobind Behari Lal, 1983.

    Biographical sketch

    Gobind Behari Lal was born in Dehli in 1889, He was a journalist and a member of the Ghadar Party who participated in the Indian independence movement. Lal came to the States to study as a research fellow at University of California, Berkeley in 1912. He wrote for and was science editor at various Hearst newspapers, in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Lal shared the 1937 Pulitzer Prize with four other journalists for their science reporting. Lal also wrote about history, philosophy, politics, and the intersection of science and politics in India, the United States, and worldwide. He was a founding member of the National Association of Science Writers. Lal died in 1982, shortly after writing his last article.


    The bulk of this collection pertains to Lal's career as a science journalist. It includes small amounts of correspondence, biographical materials, and materials related to professional conferences and organizations. There are drafts and manuscripts of Lal's writings, and reprints and clippings of his published articles and the science column he wrote for the Los Angeles and San Francisco Examiner newspapers. There are lots of duplicates in the Examiner files. The collection also includes research notes and notebooks, and secondary source materials and subject files on topics in medicine, other sciences, and politics in India, the United States, and worldwide. The research notes date primarily from the sixties and seventies, and were largely taken from books and articles Lal read or conferences he attended. These files may include some drafts of his own work. Files on his professional activities include materials related to conferences and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW).

    Preferred Citation

    Gobind Behari Lal papers, BANC MSS 84/77 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley..

    Processing Information

    Processed at the container level by Marjorie Bryer in 2023.

    Related Archival Materials

    Photographs of Gobind B. Lal (BANC PIC 1984.081--AX), , The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
    A journalist from India, at home in the world : oral history transcript / 1983 (BANC MSS 84/144 c), The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For additional information about the University of California, Berkeley Library's permissions policy please see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/about/permissions-policies

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lal, Gobind Behari -- Archives
    Journalists -- California.
    Science -- India.
    India -- Politics and government.
    Manuscripts for publication.