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Anil Kakodkar


Anil Kakodkar was born on 11 November 1943 in the Barawani village located in the present day Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. He's the son of Mrs Kamala Kakodkar & Mr. P. Kakodkar, both of whom happen to be Gandhian freedom fighters. His early education happened here and at Khargoan. After this, Anil Kakodkar went away to Bombay to pursue his post-matriculation studies. He graduated from the Ruparel College there.

Kakodkar graduated from Ruparel College, then from VJTI, University of Mumbai with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1963. He joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in 1964. He obtained a master's degree in experimental stress analysis from the University of Nottingham in 1969.



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Anil Kakodkar also has the credit of being a member of the core team of architects of India's Peaceful Nuclear Tests that were conducted during the years 1974 and 1998. He also led the indigenous development of the country's Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor Technology. Anil Kakodkar's efforts in the rehabilitation of the two reactors at Kalpakkam and the first unit at Rawatbhatta is noteworthy as it were about to close down. 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.


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2012:- Highest civilian award of the Maharashtra state-Maharashtra Bhushan Award

2010:- Highest civilian award of the Goa state-Gomant Vibhushan Award

2010:- Homi Bhabha Lifetime Achievement Award

2009:- Padma Vibhushan

2004:- Gujar Mal Modi Innovative Science and Technology Award

2004:- Acharya Varahmihir Award by Varahamihira Institute of Scientific Heritage and Research, Ujjain (M.P.), India

2002:- Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award

2002:- Chemtech Foundation's Achiever of the Year Award for Energy

2000:-Godavari Gaurav Award

1999–2000:- Indian Science Congress Association's H. J. Bhabha Memorial Award

1999:- Padma Bhushan

1998:- Padma Shri

1988:- Hari Om Ashram Prerit Vikram Sarabhai Award

1997–98:- FICCI Award for outstanding contribution to Nuclear Science and Technology

1997:- H. K. Firodia Award for Excellence in Science and Technology

1997:- Rockwell Medal for Excellence in Technology



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