Ganapati Dadasaheb Yadav
Award Name : Padma Shri
Year of Award : 2016
Award for : Science and Engineering
Location : Kolhāpur, Maharashtra, India
Ganapati Dadasaheb Yadav was an Indian chemical engineering educator, consultant. He was born on September 14, 1952 in Arjunwada, India. Son of Dadasaheb Krishnaji and Rukmini Dadasaheb (Patil) Yadav. He received his B.Chem.Eng. (1974) and Ph.D. (Technology) (1980) in Chemical Engineering, both from the University Department of Chemical Technology, University of Bombay. He earned his PhD under the supervision of Padma Vibhushan Professor MM Sharma,FRS,FNA, dealing with studies in heterogeneous reactions, particularly gas absorption with chemical reaction and phase transfer catalysis. Ganapati D Yadav has provided inspiring academic and professional leadership to the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) and Catalysis Society of India, and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences. He is one of the highly decorared and accomplished engineer-scientists in India, having won several awards and accolades. He was awarded with Padma Shri , the fourth highest civilian award of India by Government of India in 2016.
As the President of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) during 2001, Professor Yadav was able to rejuvenate the Institute and created a world record by establishing endowments for 51 national awards/prizes. He has mobilized large donations to renovate and modernize the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) and created endowments for faculty positions and fellowships, infrastructure and scholarships for several needy students. His leadership of Catalysis Society of India and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences is remarkable. He was also the Chief Coordinator of the Centres for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology and Green Technology of the University of Mumbai. He has served/been serving on the Editorial boards of Applied Catalysis A, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A, Catalysis Communications, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, RSC Green Chemistry, Current Catalysis.