Prof. M G K Menon (Jan-Sept 1972)

Prof. M G K Menon (28 August 1928 - 22 November 2016), was an Advisor in the Department of Space/ Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

He was the President of Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta (1990- 2016).

Prof. Menon took his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, UK in 1953, He has a large number of honorary doctorates from universities in India and abroad

Prof. Menon was Fellow of all the three Science Academies in India; and was President of each one of them.

Prof. Menon has done Scientific Work in Cosmic Rays, Particle Physics.

Distinguished for investigations in the field of cosmic ray studies and in particular on the high-energy inter-actions of elementary particles.

Education

Bachelor of Sciences from Jaswant College, Jodhpur, India 1946, 

MSc. from Royal Institute of Science, India 1949, 

Ph.D. from Univ. of Bristol, UK 1960, 

Post Doctoral Research 1955.

Date of birth

28 August 1928, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

National Recognition:

Padma Shri in 1961

Padma Bhushan in 1968

Padma Vibhushan in 1985

Fellowships

Fellow of all the three Science Academies in India

Fellow of the Royal Society, London (1970)

Honorary Fellow of The Institute of Physics UK (1997)

A Founding Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences.

Positions held

President of all the three Science Academies in India

Director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay (1966-1975)

Chairman, Commission for Additional Sources of Energy

Secretary to the Government of India for 12 years (Electronics, Science and Technology, Defence Research, Environment) (1971-1982)

Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation 1972

Defence Research and Development Organization (1974-78)

Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (1978-1981)

President of the Indian Science Congress Association (1981-82)

Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Honorary Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Rome (1981)

Chairman of the Science Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (1982-1985)

Member of the Planning Commission with the rank of Minister of State (1982-1989)

Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister (1986-1989)

President of the International Council of Scientific Unions (1988-93)

Minister for Science & Technology, as also for Education in the Government of India

Vice President, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) (1989-1990)

Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) during 1990-96)

Professional Activities

Scientific Work in Cosmic Rays, Particle Physics.

Distinguished for investigations in the field of cosmic ray studies and in particular on the high-energy inter-actions of elementary particles.

 

Prof. M G K Menon died on November 22, 2016 at New Delhi

Awards

  • Padma Shri 1961
  • Padma Bhushan 1968
  • Padma Vibhushan 1985
  • Bhatnagar Award 1960
  • ISCA Chat-teriee Award 1984
  • Om Prakash Bhasin Award 1985
  • Shiromani Award 1988
  • Modi Award for Science 1994
  • Abdus Salem Medal 1996

Honours

  • D.Sc (Hons. Causa) from the Universities of:
  • Univs. of Delhi, Allahabad, Roorkee, BHU, Utkal, Aligarh Muslim, North Bengal, IIT Madras and Kharagpur