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Dr. R.A. Mashelkar

Faculty, R A Mashelkar - NIIT University

FRS
CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow
National Chemical Laboratory
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Pune

Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar was born in 1943. After obtaining his Ph.D. from Bombay University in 1969, he occupied various academic positions in Europe and USA, namely, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at University of Salford in England (1969-76), and Visiting Professor at University of Delaware (1975) prior to returning to India.

Dr. Mashelkar joined NCL as a scientist in 1976. He rose to the position of Head, Chemical Engineering Division in October 1978 and became the sixth Director of NCL in 1989.

Dr. Mashelkar’s research interests are in the area of non-newtonian fluid mechanics, Polymer reaction engineering, gel science and polymer rheology. His work elegantly combines experiment and theory and provides a conceptual framework for understanding many physical phenomena in complex fluids.

His scientific work has been described in over 250 publications in peer reviewed journals. He has been widely recognized for his scientific contributions. Significant amongst these are, Fellowship of the Royal Society, London (FRS), Foreign Fellow of the US National Academy of Science as well as US National Academy of Engineering as well as Fellowship of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Trieste, Italy.He is the fellow of all the learned Academy of Sciences and Engineering in India.

Dr. Mashelkar has won numerous other awards and recognitions. These include S.S. Bhatnagar Prize (1982), FICCI Award (1987), Viswakarma Medal (1988), O.P. Bhasin Award (1991), Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Technology Award (1991), G.D. Birla Scientific Research Award (1993), Goyal Prize (1996), Material Scientist of the Year Award (2000), H.K. Firodia Award (2000), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal for excellence in science by INSA (2001) and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award by ISCA, Calcutta (2001).Thirteen Universities, including Universities of London, Salford, Pretoria and Wisconsin have conferred on him honorary doctorate degrees of Science.

Dr. Mashelkar was honored by the President of India with Padma Shri (1991) and Padma Bhushan (2000) in recognition of his contribution to nation building.

Dr. Mashelkar took over as Director General CSIR in 1995. In sustained effort, spanning over a decade, he brought about significant transformation in CSIR, as a user focused, performance driven and accountable organization. He was a pioneer in crafting the first major public-private partnership in R&D (NMITLI) and provided leadership in creating the first ever comprehensive Traditional Knowledge Digital Library. Dr. Mashelkar, articulated the value of IPR in competitive research. CSIR emerged as a major creator of IP during his tenure as DG.

Dr. Mashelkar took over as Director General CSIR in 1995. In sustained effort, spanning over a decade, he brought about significant transformation in CSIR, as a user focused, performance driven and accountable organization. He was a pioneer in crafting the first major public-private partnership in R&D (NMITLI) and provided leadership in creating the first ever comprehensive Traditional Knowledge Digital Library. Dr. Mashelkar, articulated the value of IPR in competitive research. CSIR emerged as a major creator of IP during his tenure as DG.

Dr. Mashelkar has assisted the Govt. of India in numerous scientific committees, dealing with science and society in such diverse areas as auto fuels policy, higher education and drug regulatory systems. His recommendations have been path breaking. He has also been a member of many global bodies, dealing with intellectual property rights set up by WIPO and WHO. He was also a member of a three member committee set up to examine the status of chemistry & chemical engineering research in UK.

Dr. Mashelkar retired as DG, CSIR on 31 December 2006. Currently he is at National Chemical Laboratory as CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow. He is also the President of Global Research Alliance, a body of association of the publicly funded research institutions of India, S. Africa, Australia, Finland, USA and Germany. He also serves as the President of the British Institute of Chemical Engineers.