Chennai, May 19 UNI | 2 months ago

Former Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) Padmabhushan N Srinivasan died here last night following a cardiac arrest. He was 84. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

An IGCAR release here today said Srinivasan, one of the pioneers of the Indian atomic energy programme, joined DAE (then AEET) in 1953.

He was the design engineer for the Plutonium Plant at Trombay and he established the indigenous technology for reprocessing of spent fuels from thermal reactors.

He was the first Project Director of the Reactor Research Centre (renamed subsequently as Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research) at Kalpakkam and was instrumental in establishing various programmes and facilities related to fast reactors and associated fuel cycle.

Srinivasan took over as the Chief Executive of Heavy Water Board in 1982 and enabled the country to attain self-sufficiency in Heavy Water Production.

He was also the Chief Executive of the Nuclear Fuels Complex and Member, Atomic Energy Commission during 1982-87.

He was a recipient of several honours, including Padma Bhushan in 2000, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of DAE for excellence in science and technology for the year 2009.

(Posted on 19-05-2014)