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Umashankar Joshi (1911-1988) is an eminent poet, scholar and writer, who has produced noteworthy works like Gangotri, Vishwashanti, Nishith, Mahaprashtan Abhijna and Satapada. He is the recipient of several honours and awards including the Jnanpith Award (1967) and the Soviet Land Nehru Award. He was also the president of the Sahitya Akademi from 1978-1982.