Manayath Damodaran was a great bio-chemist who became famous at the National level. After doing his post graduation in Presidency college in Madras and Higher studies from Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.
He conducted research in Germany and England and became Dr. M. Damodharan. He took charge of the Bio-chemistry department in the Presidency College. He also served as the Director of the National Chemical laboratory, Pune. His first project in science was "The Deterioration of Organic compounds due to micro organisms". He also conducted research in London University and earned the title of "Doctor of Science". His research papers in carbohydrate production and the Physical changes in Micro-organisms earned him fame in the national and international level.