NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Thought Leadership and Institutional Eminence in Science and Technology" by R Chidambaram, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, 0930 hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

(as part of 32nd NIAS Annual Programme for Senior Executives

From Excellence to Eminence: Facilitating Thought Leadership – Be an Impact Leader)


“Thought Leadership and Institutional Eminence in Science and Technology”



R Chidambaram

Principal Scientific Adviser to the GoI & Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet 


Chairperson:    V S Ramamurthy, Interim Director, NIAS,  


7th February 2018, 9.30 am, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS


About the Speaker: Dr R Chidambaram became the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in 1990. He was Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, from 1993 to 2000.  He is currently the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet. Dr Chidambaram is one of India’s distinguished experimental physicists, his fields of interest being neutron crystallography and high-pressure physics.  Dr Chidambaram 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 made important contributions to many aspects of our nuclear technology. He has D.Sc. Degrees (h.c.) from more than twenty Universities from India and abroad. He has more than 200 research publications in refereed journals and all his research work has been in India.

He was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the IAEA during 1994-95.  During 1990-99, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Crystallography, the last three years as its Vice-President.  He is currently the Chairman of the High-Level Committee for the National Knowledge Network. Dr Chidambaram is a Fellow of all the major Science Academies in India and also of the National Academy of Engineering and the The World Academy of Sciences Trieste (Italy). 


All are cordially invited

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For further info, please contact Sangeetha Menon [ or] Coordinator of NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018