Award Name : Padma Vibhushan
Year of Award : 2009
Award for : Science and Engineering
Location : Barwāni, Madhya Pradesh, India
Anil Kakodkar is an Indian nuclear scientist and mechanical engineer. He was the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India and the Secretary to the Government of India, he was the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay from 1996-2000. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour, on January 26, 2009. He was born on November 11, 1943 in Barwani, India. Kakodkar then joined VJTI in Bombay University in 1963 to obtain a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In the year 1964, Anil Kakodkar joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). He also notched a masters degree in experimental stress analysis from the University of Nottingham in the year 1969. The life history of Anil Kakodkar's career as nuclear scientist further saw him join the Reactor Engineering Division of the BARC. He is a very distinguished nuclear scientist of India. He is presently the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India (AECI) as well as the Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy. He was the director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre at Trombay from the year 1996-2000 before being granted the opportunity of leading India's nuclear programme. Read on more about the biography of Anil Kakodkar.
In the year 1996, Anil Kakodkar became the
youngest Director of the BARC after Homi Bhabha himself. From the year 2000
onwards, he has been leading the Atomic Energy Commission of India and playing
secretary to the Department of Atomic Energy. Dr Anil Kakodkar has been playing
a crucial part in demanding sovereignty for India's nuclear tests. Infact, he
is known for being a strong advocate of India's self-reliance by employing
Thorium as a fuel for nuclear energy.