Dilip Devidas Bhawalkar is an Indian optical physicist and the founder director of Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), an institute under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). He is credited with pioneering research in optics and lasers in India. He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, the highest Indian award in science and technology. Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian award of the Padma Shri in 2000.
He was born on 16.10.1940. Completed his graduate (BSc) in 1959 and post graduate (MSc) studies in 1961 at Sagar University, topping the examinations for which he received Chintamanrao Gold Medal from the University. He continued his studies at Southampton University, securing a master’s degree (MSc) in Electronics and a doctoral degree (PhD) in Lasers and started his career as a faculty member at the same university in 1966.
He returned to India in 1967 and accepted the job of a Scientific Officer at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) to continue his work on lasers.
When the Centre for Advanced Technology (CAT) was started by the Department of Atomic Energy, Bhawalkar was appointed as its founder DIrector.
Bhawalkar is a Distinguished Scientist of the Centre for Advanced Technology and a Distinguished Honorary Professor of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.