Panel Talk

Rediscovering IISc for the 21st Century

Dr. Rajagopala Chidambaram

December 16, 2008, 11.30AM - 1PM

About the Speaker

Dr. Rajagopala Chidambaram is the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Govt. of India and the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet. He is also the President, Shree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences; the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; and the Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad. He is a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change.

Dr. Chidambaram completed his Ph.D in 1962 from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, from where he also later got his D.Sc. Degree. He has D.Sc. Degrees (h.c) from many Universities from India and abroad. Dr. Chidambaram is a Fellow of all the major Science Academies in India and also of the Third World Academy of Science (TWAS), Trieste (Italy).

He joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in 1962 and became its Director in 1990. He was Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission & Secretary to the Govt. of India in the Department of Atomic Energy from February 1993 to November 2000. He was a member of the Commission of Eminent Persons appointed by the Director-General, IAEA, in 2008 to prepare a report on "The Role of the IAEA to 2020 and Beyond".

Dr. Chidambaram is recognized for his contributions in the areas of hydrogen bonding, neutron diffraction, high pressure physics and nuclear technology. All his research work has been in India. He played a leading role in the design and execution of the Peaceful Nuclear Explosion experiment at Pokhran in 1974 and also led the DAE team which designed the nuclear devices and carried out the Pokhran tests in May 1998 in cooperation with the DRDO. He has won many awards including the Padma Vibhushan in 1999.