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Prof C. V. Sundaram

7 November 1929 - 15 August 2008
Prof. C.V. Sundaram joined the NIAS fraternity in 1991 after retiring as Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, and was part of the Institute until 2002. His early training was in chemistry and metallurgy, and he was a distinguished metallurgist, and a member of the Department of Atomic Energy from 1956. He also played a significant role in India's decision to use local resources and expertise for the production of rare, reactive, and refractory metals. In 1982, he was asked to take charge of the Fast Breeder Reactor Programme of India as the Director of IGCAR.

Time at NIAS


The history of science and technology, as well as science and society were Prof. Sundaram's main interest areas during his tenure at NIAS, and he was instrumental in creating awareness about the role ancient India played in the field of technology. He wrote the history of the first 50 years of atomic energy in India based on his interest in Indian science organisations. With a passion for new ideas, and learning from other disciplines and faculty at NIAS, he was integral in promoting and establishing NIAS's inter-disciplinary stance.

Honours and Recognitions

The National Metallurgists Day award (1970), the Platinum Jubilee Alumnus Award of the IISc. (1985), the Life Time Achievement Award from the Ministry of Steel and Mines (2006), The Sanjay Gandhi Award for Science and Technology in the field of Energy (1985), the Padma Bhushan in 1986.

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