Man Mohan Sharma

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Man Mohan Sharma
BornJune 4, 1937
Alma materUDCT
Cambridge University
AwardsPadma Vibhushan (2001)
Padma Bhushan (1987)
Leverhulme Medal (1996)
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1973)
Scientific career
FieldsChemical Engineering
InstitutionsInstitute of Chemical Technology

Man Mohan Sharma FREng[1] (born May 1, 1937 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan) is an Indian chemical engineer.[2] He was educated at Jodhpur, Mumbai, and Cambridge. At age 27, he was appointed Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.[3] He later went on to become the Director of UDCT, the first chemical engineering professor to do so from UDCT.

In 1990, he became the first Indian engineer to be elected as a Fellow of Royal Society, UK. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan (1987) and the Padma Vibhushan (2001) by the President of India.[4] he has also been awarded the Leverhulme Medal of the Royal Society, the S.S. Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences (1973), FICCI Award (1981), the Vishwakarma medal of the Indian National Science Academy (1985), G.M. Modi Award (1991), Meghnad Saha Medal (1994), and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (2001).[3]

Sharma (in the middle) at Convocation of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Lonere
Sharma at Seventeenth Convocation Awarded Gold Medal for Exceptional Merit


Sharma obtained Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (1958) from UDCT and subsequently MSc (Tech) in 1960. He obtained PhD (Chemical Engineering) (1964) at Cambridge University with Peter Danckwerts. In 1964, he returned to India as Professor at the University of Bombay, and later became Director of the University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT) (now the Institute of Chemical Technology).[5] He served as Professor for 33 years at UDCT, along with 8 years as Director of this institute.[2]

Academic career[edit]

Sharma made contributions to chemical engineering science and technology. His studies on Bronsted based catalysis in CO2 hydration (published in the Transactions of Faraday Society) and subsequently kinetics of COS absorption in aqueous amines and alkanolamines brought out linear free energy relationship between CO2 and COS absorption in solutions of amines and alkanolamines. He has contributed extensively on the role of microphases in multiple reactions which he pioneered. He also became an independent Editor of Chemical Engineering Science at a young age. He taught different subjects in chemical engineering and encouraged his doctoral students, from the very beginning, to publish independently their work in renowned journals.

Under his stewardship, UDCT was granted autonomy by the UGC and the Institute increased the number of PhD graduates.[2]


Sharma is a recipient of a number of prestigious academic honours and awards including the 1977 Moulton Medal of the Institution of Chemical Engineers,[6] and is himself commemorated in the M M Sharma Medal awarded by the same institution for outstanding research contributions.[7]

He won the Leverhulme Medal of the Royal Society "for his work on the dynamics of multi-phase chemical reactions in industrial processes". He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan (in 2001), and Padma Bhushan (in 1987) by the President of India.[8] He was INSA President (1989–90).[8] He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Honorary Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad, Fellow of the Royal Society, London. Subsequently, he was elected Honorary Fellow by the Royal Academy of Engineering[1] and is Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering.

He has been honoured by several universities including IITs by honorary doctorates.[citation needed]

Further reading[edit]

  • Yadav, Ganapati D. (May 2007). "Man Mohan Sharma: A Dnyanayogi and Karmayogi, a Knowledge and Action Seeker Par Excellence". Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 46 (10): 2911–2916. doi:10.1021/ie078002g. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  • Kulkarni, Shashwat; Sathe, Devavrat; Chaudhari, Ameya; Naik, Durva (31 December 2019). "An Interview with Prof. Man Mohan Sharma". The Bombay Technologist. 66 (1): 3–5. doi:10.36664/bt/2019/v66i1/148991. ISSN 0067-9925. Retrieved 15 June 2020.


  1. ^ a b "List of Fellows".
  3. ^ a b "Prof. Man Mohan Sharma". Chemical & Materials Eng., The University of Auckland. Archived from the original on 12 January 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ Samant, S. D. (2001). "History of the Journal". The Bombay Technologist. 50: 21. ISSN 0067-9925. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Moulton medal senior winners". Archived from the original on 23 September 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  7. ^ "M M Sharma medal".
  8. ^ a b "INSA: Indian Fellow Detail". Retrieved 14 May 2020.