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Sekhar Basu Padma Shri Awarded In 2014

Sekhar Basu

Sekhar Basu

Award Name : Padma Shri

Year of Award : 2014

Award for : Science and Engineering

Location : Kolkata, Bengal, India


Sekhar Basu is an Indian nuclear scientist and regarded by many as the architect of the land based Nuclear Submarine Propulsion Plant at Kalpakkam and the 80 mega watt compact pressurised water reactor (PWR), commissioned to power the Arihant-class submarine for the Indian Navy.  The Government of India honoured him, in 2014, by awarding him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his contributions to the fields of science and technology. He was born on 20 September 1952 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Dr.  Sekhar Basu, a renowned nuclear scientist, before taking over as Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, has been the Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).  Earlier he worked as the Project Director of Nuclear Submarine Programme and later as the Chief Executive of the Nuclear Recycle Board in the same institute. Dr. Basu is an engineer of exceptional ability who has played a lead role in multiple areas of nuclear science and engineering and is a major contributor in establishing India as a leader in nuclear field. Sekhar Basu is also credited with several articles, published in national and international journals.