Baldev Raj

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Dr Baldev Raj has assumed responsibilities as the Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, one of India’s leading multi-disciplinary institutions. A distinguished scientist and former Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research in Kalapakkam, Dr Baldev Raj has helped advance several challenging technologies, especially those related to sodium cooled fast spectrum reactor with closed fuel cycle; a sustainable energy spectrum. He has also nurtured and grown excellent schools of global stature in nuclear materials and mechanics and nano science and technology. He has pursued his work in interdisciplinary domains of energy, cultural heritage, medical technologies, nano science and technology and education. He has been responsible for providing solutions to many unsolved challenges in Strategic, Security and Industry domains. He is known for overcoming the barriers of academic research and industry with acumens of leadership and experiences.

The author of more than 970 academic papers in peer reviewed journals along with 75 books and special journal volumes; He has h-index of 42; i10 of 273; substantial and arguably one of the unparallel achievements considering his contributions to realise technologies and large mission programmes. It is quite natural that Dr Baldev Raj has been recognized by way of more than 100 awards, 380 honours, keynote, invited lectures and significant assignments in more than 30 countries. He is Editor in Chief of three series of books and Editor in several reputed national and international journals and publications. A recipient of the Padma Shri award; the other awards include Life Time Achievement Award of the Indian Nuclear Society, National Metallurgist Award by Ministry of Steel, the Homi Bhabha Gold Medal, Distinguished Materials Science Award, Materials Research Society of India, etc. He is a distinguished alumni of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. A member of the Circle of Advisors, Cambridge University, UK, and a member of the Search Group for the Queen Elizabeth prize in engineering, Selection Committee Global Energy Prize (both are being nurtured to stature of Nobel Prize in Sciences).

Dr Baldev Raj is also a Fellow of all the four Science and Engineering academies in India, German Academy of Sciences and the World Academy of Sciences, International Nuclear Science Academy, Academia NDT International, etc. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Gandhinagar & NIT, Puducherry, two new Nationally Important Institutes for higher education in engineering created through constitutional approval of the Indian Parliament. A member of the Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and President of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS). He is Honorary Member, International Medical Sciences Academy and Honorary Consul General of Michigan State University. He is Honorary Member, IIM, ICNDT, British Institute of NDT, ISNT, etc. He has been the Past President, Indian Institute of Metals, International Committee on NDT, International Institute of Welding., Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian Society of NDT, Indian Institute of Welding, etc. He has been alternate Chairman of Senior Advisory Group of Nuclear Energy (IAEA, Vienna) and Chairman of Apex Committee of Nuclear Energy Systems (Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), India).

Dr Baldev Raj is known for mentoring hundreds of children, students, scientists and technologists, inspiring them to pursue high levels of professionalism in the pursuit of science and technology without losing sight of the need for exemplary ethical practices.


He has Bachelors in Engineering (B.E.) from Govt. Engineering College (Now National Institute of Technology, Raipur), Ravishankar University and Ph.D. from IISc, Bangalore, D.Sc. (h.c.) from Sathyabama Deemed University, Chennai.[1] He has more than 650 publications, 38 books and special volumes of journals (co-author of 11 books/monographs and co-editor of 27 books & special journal volumes). He has 5 Indian Standards and 19 patents to his credit.[2][[3]He is also currently the chairman of NIT Puducherry located at karaikal.

Areas of Specialization[edit]

Science and Technology, Fast Breeder Reactor with Closed Fuel Cycle, Materials characterization, Testing and Evaluation using nondestructive evaluation methodologies, Materials development and performance assessment and technology management.[4]


Rewards and Recognitions
Indian National Science Academy Prize for Materials Science Indian National Science Academy 2010
Distinguished Alumni Award for sustained excellence in Science and Technology Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 2008
National Metallurgist Award (Research-Academy) Union Ministry of Steel and Indian Institute of Metals 2007
Indian Science Monitor Award Indian Science Monitor Foundation 2007
Padma Shri[5] Govt. of India 2007
Jaeger Lecture Award International Inst. Welding 2004
Life Time Achievement Award IWS 2004


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