RA Mashelkar

India’s Most Eminent Scientists, Thought Leader and Padma Shri Awardee, Former Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research


Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, also known as Ramesh Mashelkar, is a Chemical Engineer who is a former Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)- the largest research & development organisation in India.

Deeply connected with the global innovation movement, he served as President of the Global Research Alliance, which is the world’s largest network of publicly funded R&D institutes that work together to achieve millennium development goals.

He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, University of Delaware (1976, 1988) and Technical University of Denmark (1982).

He has been a member of  the External Research Advisory Board of Microsoft (USA), Advisory Board of VTT (Finland), Corporate Innovation Board of Michelin (France), Advisory Board of National Research Foundation (Singapore), among others

He has been honored with honorary doctorates from 42 universities around the world including Universities of London, Salford, Pretoria, Wisconsin, Swinburne, Monash, Delhi, and many more. 

He is a jury member for the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Prize of Engineering, which is considered as being equivalent to the Nobel Prize in Engineering.

Dr. Mashelkar has been contributing to social causes all his life. He has chaired the Corporate Social Responsibility Committees of Reliance, Tata Motors, Godrej Agrovet and many more companies.

He pioneered the concept of the ‘Golden Triangle’, integrating traditional medicine, modern medicine, and modern science, which led to several major national initiatives.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Raghunath Anant Mashelkar received three of the highest civilian awards, the ‘Padma Shri’ in 1991, ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2000 and ‘Padma Vibhushan’ in 2014. 

He is the third Indian engineer to be inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society, UK and the first Indian to be elected as a fellow of National Academy of Inventors, US. 

He won the ‘TWAS Lenovo Science Prize’, which is the highest honor given by The World Academy of Science

He has chaired sixteen high-powered committees, popularly known in India, as ‘Mashelkar Committees’ set up to look into diverse national issues

Why RA Mashelkar ?

Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar is known for his own world-class scientific research, for his transformative science and innovation institution leadership. He is an ambassador and evangelist for innovation and R&D across the world and serves on the boards of many leading companies. He is a project leader with proven experience of conceiving and directing complex projects while managing, motivating, and mentoring team members.

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