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MGK MenonProf. M G K Menon, is presently Advisor in the Department of Space/Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He is President of Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta (1990- ). 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 is a Fellow of all the three Science Academies in India; and has been President of each one of them. Prof. Menon has been done 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 .

 

 

Education

  • 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.

National Recognition:

  • Padma Shri in 1961
  • Padma Bhushan in 1968
  • Padma Vibhushan in 1985

Fellowships

  • Fellow of all the three Science Academies in India
  • 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.

Positions held

  • 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 (Rajya Sabha) during 1990-96)

Professional Activities

  • 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.

 

 

Awards

  • Padma Shri 1961
  • Padma Bhushan 1968
  • Padma Vibhushan 1985
  • Bhatnagar Award 1960
  • ISCA Chat-teriee Award 1984
  • Om Prakash Bhasin Award 1985
  • Shiromani Award 1988
  • Modi Award for Science 1994
  • Abdus Salem Medal 1996

Honours

  • D.Sc (Hons. Causa) from the Universities of Univs. of Delhi, Allahabad, Roorkee, BHU, Utkal, Aligarh Muslim, North Bengal, IIT Madras and Kharagpur

 

 

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