Dr. Antapur Venkoba Rao was born on the 20th of August 1927 in the village Kavuttalam which is presently in Andhra Pradesh to Mr.A. Raghavendra Rao and Srimati Lakshmi Devi(1). He was the eldest of eight children (six brothers and two sisters). He grew up mostly in his grandfather’s house and was influenced by him. His general interest was towards botany, zoology and agriculture. Dr. Rao studied Intermediate in Ceded District College, Anantapur and topped in Natural Sciences, Physics and Chemistry. He did his MBBS at Madras Medical College and secured prizes in Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He got his MD in General Medicine and DPM (Psychiatry) from NIMHANS, Bangalore. He was awarded PhD and DSc by Madras University. Dr. Rao married Parvathi Devi on the 26th of February 1950. She was the best outgoing student and held posts of Director, Institute of Physiology, Madras Medical College, Madurai Medical College and Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai. He has a son who is a professor in English Language and a daughter who is an eminent pathologist.