R. Chidambaram is one of India’s most distinguished experimental physicists. He has made outstanding contributions to many aspects of basic science and nuclear technology. He joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1962 and became its director in 1990. He was chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India, from 1993 to 2000.
Dr Chidambaram was the chairperson of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency during 1994-95. He was a member and later vice-president of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Crystallography during 1990-99. He has won many scientific awards, including the Homi Bhabha Lifetime Achievement Award of the Indian Nuclear Society (2006), the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (2009) and the C.V. Raman Medal of the Indian National Science Academy (2013). Dr Chidambaram was awarded the Padma Shri in 1975 and the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India, in 1999.
He is currently Chairman (Hon), School for Advanced Studies in Nuclear Science & Technology, BARC.