Dr. Baldev Raj ( 9 April 1947 – 6 January 2018)
Prof. Baldev Raj was born on 9th April 1947. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering from the Government Engineering College, Raipur under the Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University (currently National Institute of Technology, Raipur). After completing his B.E., Prof. Raj moved to Bengaluru to join Indian Institute of Science to complete his PhD and then moved to Chennai to obtain a Doctor of Science degree from Sathyabhama Deemed University. His long academic journey saw him specializing in various area including Non-destructive Science & Technology, Materials Performance, Technology Management and Nano Science & Technology.
A man of vast experience and varied interests Prof. Raj pursued basic sciences and their applications with a multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems. His interests covered a vast array of subjects ranging from material science and cultural heritage.
During his long illustrious career Prof. Raj held various cardinal posts:
Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam during 01.05.2004 – 30.04.2011
Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru since 2014.
His eminence with the academic faction earned him a fellowship in all four academies of science and engineering in the country. His contributions in science and academia also earned him numerous awards and recognition, including the Padma Shri in 2007 and a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Indian Nuclear Society. Apart from these, Prof. Raj was also conferred honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology, Shibpur for his ‘outstanding contributions in the field of Science and Technology’. Prof. Raj was also appointed as the Chancellor and Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (ACSIR), CSIR, New Delhi, appointed by Prime Minister of India.
On January 6, 2018, at the age of 70, Prof. Baldev Raj passed away following a sudden cardiac arrest, while attending a conference in Pune.