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End of an Era

Prof. Baldev Raj

9 April 1947 – 6 January 2018


Prof. Baldev Raj (9 April 1947 – 6 January 2018)


With deep sorrow, we write to convey our grief over the sudden demise of our esteemed Director Prof Baldev Raj. He passed away on Saturday, 06 January 2018 in Pune, while attending a conference.

A recipient of the Padma Shri, Prof Raj took over as the Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore in 2014. He led the Institute to new heights in terms of multi-disciplinary pursuits, and brought the Institute closer to the government and decision making processes. Under his leadership, the institute expanded considerably in terms of faculty strength and research grants. An eminent scientist, Prof Raj was a former Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research in Kalpakkam, and helped advance several challenging technologies, especially those related to the fast breeder test reactor (FBTR) and the prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR). He nurtured excellent schools of global stature in nuclear materials and mechanics, non-destructive evaluation, nanoscience and technology, robotics and automation.

He contributed substantially to the interdisciplinary domains of energy, cultural heritage, medical technologies, nanoscience and technology and education. He was responsible for providing solutions to many unsolved problems in strategic and security sectors. Author of around 1000 academic papers in peer reviewed journals and more than 70 books, Prof Raj was recognized by more than 100 awards and assignments in more than 30 countries.

His other awards included the Life Time Achievement Award of the Indian Nuclear Society, the Homi Bhabha Gold Medal and the Nayudamma Memorial Award. A member of the Circle of Advisors, Cambridge University, and a member of the Search Group for the Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering, Prof Raj was also a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and the World Academy of Sciences. He was also the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Gandhinagar, a member of the Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Prof Raj mentored hundreds of students, scientists and technologists, inspiring them to pursue high levels of professionalism in science and technology without losing sight of the need for exemplary ethical practices.

Faculty, Staff and Students

National Institute of Advanced Studies