Prof. M G K Menon was a world renowned physicist and policy maker. He had a prominent role in the development of science and technology in India and one of his most important contributions was nurturing the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Prof. Menon took his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, UK in 1953, He has a large number of honorary doctorates from universities in India and abroad. Prof. Menon was a Fellow of all the three Science Academies in India; and has been President of each one of them. Prof. Menon had carried out Scientific Work in Cosmic Rays, Particle Physics. Distinguished for investigations in the field of cosmic ray studies and in particular on the high-energy inter-actions of elementary particles, he took over as Chairman, ISRO for a brief period after the untimely demise of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai in 1971 .
Bachelor of Sciences from Jaswant College, Jodhpur, India 1946
MSc. from Royal Institute of Science, India 1949,
Ph.D. from Univ. of Bristol, UK 1960,
Post Doctoral Research 1955.
Fellow of all the three Science Academies in Ind
Fellow of the Royal Society, London (1970)
Honorary Fellow of The Institute of Physics UK (1997)
A Founding Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences.
D.Sc (Hons. Causa) from the Universities of Univs. of Delhi, Allahabad, Roorkee, BHU, Utkal, Aligarh Muslim, North Bengal, IIT Madras and Kharagpur
Scientific Work in Cosmic Rays, Particle Physics.
Distinguished for investigations in the field of cosmic ray studies and in particular on the high-energy inter-actions of elementary particles.
President of all the three Science Academies in India
Director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay (1966-1975)
Chairman, Commission for Additional Sources of Energy
Secretary to the Government of India for 12 years (Electronics, Science and Technology, Defence Research, Environment) (1971-1982)
Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation 1972
Defence Research and Development Organization (1974-78)
Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (1978-1981)
President of the Indian Science Congress Association (1981-82)
Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Honorary Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Rome (1981)
Chairman of the Science Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (1982-1985)
Member of the Planning Commission with the rank of Minister of State (1982-1989)
Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister (1986-1989)
President of the International Council of Scientific Unions (1988-93)
Minister for Science & Technology, as also for Education in the Government of India
Vice President, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) (1989-1990)
Member of Parliament (RajyaSabha) during 1990-96)
Padma Shri in 1961
Padma Bhushan in 1968
Padma Vibhushan in 1985
Padma Shri 1961
Padma Bhushan 1968
Padma Vibhushan 1985
Bhatnagar Award 1960
ISCA Chat-teriee Award 1984
Om PrakashBhasin Award 1985
Modi Award for Science 1994
Abdus Salem Medal 1996