Dr. Srikumar Banerjee is presently DAE Homi Bhabha Chair Professor at BARC. He did his BTech (Metallurgical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1967. He joined the erstwhile Metallurgy Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, in the year 1968 after graduating from 11th batch of BARC training School. He obtained his PhD in 1974 from IIT, Kharagpur. He occupied several important positions such as Head, Metallurgy Division, BARC, Director, Materials Group, BARC and Director, BARC and subsequently became Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, India in Nov. 2009, and superannuated in April 2012. He has done pioneering work in the field of martensitic transformations, rapid solidification, omega transformation, quasi-crystalline solids and shape memory alloys.
He was a senior visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex, UK, Humboldt Foundation Fellow at Max-Planck Institute for Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany, and a visiting Professor at Ohio State University, Columbus, USA.
In recognition of his seminal contribution to the field of Materials Science, he has been conferred with numerous National and International prestigious awards such as INSA Young Scientist Award (1976); National Metallurgists' Day Award (1981); Acta Metallurgica Outstanding paper Award (1984); Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (1989); GD Birla Gold Medal of The Indian Institute of Metals (1997); INSA Prize for Materials Science; MRSI - Superconductivity and Material Science Prize (2003); Indian Nuclear Society Award (2003); Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (2004); Prof. Brahm Prakash Memorial Medal (2004) from INSA; Padma Shri from Government of India (2005), Distinguished Materials Scientist Award from MRSI (2008), Indian Science Congress Association's Excellence in Science and Technology Award (2009), and Ram Mohun Puraskar of Rammohun Mission for outstanding contribution to Nuclear Science (2010), CNR Rao Prize Lecture in Advanced Materials (2011) and M. N. Saha Birth Centenary Award (2012) from Indian Science Association Congress. He has been conferred with several Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degrees from various Universities and Institutions such as Sathyabama University, Chennai; Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur; Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur; Guru Ghasidas University, Chattisgarh and University of Calcutta. He is an elected Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, India, Indian National Science Academy, Indian National Academy of Engineering, and Third World Academy of Sciences.
Dr. A.K. Tyagi joined Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai in 1986 through BARC-Training School. Since then he has been working in the field of Chemistry of nanomaterials, functional materials and nuclear materials. He was a Max-Planck Fellow at MPI, Stuttgart, Germany during 1995-96. Presently he is Head, Solid State Chemistry Section, Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai and also a Professor (Chemistry) at Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI). He has to his credit about 450 papers in international journals, two books, twelve book chapters and one patent. In recognition of his work, he has been conferred with several prestigious awards such as Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award, Gold Medal of Indian Nuclear Society, MRSI Medal, CRSI Medal, Dr. Laxmi Award by ISCAS, Rheometric Scientific-ITAS Award, and IANCAS-Dr.Tarun Datta Memorial Award, RD Desai Memorial Award of ICS, Rajib Goyal Prize in Chemical Sciences, DAE-SRC Outstanding Researcher Award, CRSI-Prof. CNR Rao National Prize for Chemical Sciences and ISCB Award for Excellence in Chemical Sciences. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (FRSC), National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc), Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc) and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences (FMASc). He has been a visiting scientist to several countries like Germany, USA, Canada, France, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Russia, Japan, Israel, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.