Dr. Placid Rodriguez (October 5, 1940 – October 31, 2008) was born in Quilon, Kerala on October 5, 1940. He obtained B.Sc. from Kerala University, B.E. (Metallurgy) from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, M.S. from University of Tennesse, USA and Ph.D from IISc and MBA from Indian Gandhi National Open University.
He joined the Department of Atomic Energy in 1960 and worked in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay till 1974. In 1974, he has moved to Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam (then Reactor Research Centre) as a senior metallurgist and established world class research laboratories for metallurgical research. He was the Director of IGCAR, Kalpakkam from 01 December 1992 till 31 October 2000. Dr. Rodriguez is internationally known for his R&D contribution in Mechanical Metallurgy, Welding Metallurgy and Nuclear Materials. He has guided and nurtured several young colleagues in the multidisciplinary fields of Science and Engineering for the advancement of fast breeder reactor technology in India.