Dr. B V S R Murty, PhD and DSc in Chemistry, joined Geological Survey of India, Hyderabad under Dr. K. V. Rao and after a long and rewarding career retired as its Director. Along with Dr. Rao he worked on the defluoridation of water by serpentine. He became a close family friend and associate of Dr. Rao. He is a great Sanskrit scholar and has translated a number of books to Telugu.