Sivaraj Ramaseshan obtained DSc (1951) from Nagpur University. He worked as Faculty Member (1945-62), Head (1962-66), Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bangalore; Scientist F and Scientist (Director’s Grade), National Aerospace Laboratory, Bangalore (1966-79); Director, IISc, Bangalore (1980-84); and Distinguished Professor-Emeritus, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
Academic and Research Achievements: Professor Ramaseshan contributed mainly to optics: X-ray crystallography, anomalous scattering of X-rays and neutrons, and high-pressure physics (fundamental research), and to materials science: fibre-reinforced composites, electrocomposites, and novel methods of fabrication. He co-authored the book Anomalous Scattering (Munsgard, 1976); a chapter on Crystal Optics in Handbuch der Physik (Springer-Verlag, 1961) and several chapters to “Progress in ….” Series reference works.
Other Contributions: Ramaseshan established one of leading interdisciplinary centers in materials research at NAL. He was Editor of the journals Pramana, Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences>/i> and Current Science. He was Member of the INSA Council (1974-76); COSPAR Interdisciplinary Scientific Commission on Materials Science in Space; Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology; and several other policy-making bodies.
Awards and Honours: Ramaseshan was conferred numerous awards, notably the SS Bhatnagar Prize (1966); Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow (1977-79); VASVIK Award (1980); Aryabhatta Medal by INSA (1985); Padma Bhushan; and UGC National Lecturer. He was elected Vice President of the International Union for Crystallography (1981-84). He was Chairman, Materials and Processes Panel of Aeronautics Research & Development Board; and Chief Coordinator, Commonwealth Aeronautical Advisory Research Council. He was elected Fellow (Vice President, 1971-80; President 1981-84) of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore.