Dr Baldev Raj
(April 9, 1947-Jan 6, 2018 )
Dr Baldev Raj, Director of National Institute of Advanced Studies, (NIAS) Bengaluru and former Director of Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, (IGCAR), Kalpakkam sadly passed away in Pune on the morning of Jan 6, 2018, where he had gone to attend a meeting at the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), Pune. Our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends and colleagues of Dr Baldev Raj.
The vast contribution of Baldev Raj to the Indian Fast Breeder Program in general and to Radiometallurgy, non-destructive testing, strategic materials etc. are well known ( )and are already documented (see for example: http://nias.res.in/director/baldev-raj ).
He was richly recognised for the same by the Government of India with a Padmashri and numerous National and International apex bodies in Science and Technology.
I would like here to briefly highlight a few other aspects of his personality and work which are less documented.