I. K. Taimni (1898-1978) was for many years Professor of Chemistry at the Allahabad University in India. He guided research and contributed many research papers to technical journals of several countries.
Taimni was also a respected scholar in the fields of Yoga and Indian Philosophy. He taught and practiced yoga most of his life. Independently, he made a deep study of Kashmir Shaivism and this, combined with his profound knowledge of Theosophy, influenced his writings. He was awarded the T. Subba Row Gold Medal for his contributions to Theosophical literature.