Iswari Prasad Upadhyaya (1888 - 1986) was an Indian historian. He was an alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University, and very first graduate of the university. He dealt mainly with the Muslim rulers and governments of India, especially with the Mughal and Tughluq dynasties. He did extensive work on rulers such as Muhammad bin Tughluq, the Sultan of Delhi, Humayun, and Aurangzeb.
He was born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh in a village called Kurra Chittarpur. His father Lt. Shobharam Upadhyay was head-master in a school. His father's untimely death left a very young Ishwari Prasad, a student of class 12th to look after his younger siblings.
He continued his education and earned his livelihood by giving tuitions. He was a student of Agra College and while he was studying in M.A.,he was taking B.A. classes. During one of his lectures Prof. Rushbrook Williams was present & he believed that Dr. Ishwari Prasad possessed unusual qualifications as a Historian. He invited him to teach at the University of Allahabad.He was elected Member of Legislative Council from the graduate constituency for 3 terms continuously. Contributions to historical research and scholarship.
He was conferred Padma Bhushan in 1984 by the President of India for his contributions to History. Provided by Wikipedia