Nuclear scientist N Srinivasan passes away

Written by Press Trust of India | Chennai | Updated: May 19 2014, 04:51am hrs
Veteran nuclear scientist and Padma Bhushan recipient, N Srinivasan (84), died today due to cardiac arrest.

He is survived by wife, daughter and son, an official release here said.

Srinivasan joined the Department of Atomic Energy in 1953 and was the design engineer for the plutonium plant at Trombay. He established the indigenous technology for reprocessing spent fuels from thermal reactors, it said.

"He was the first Project Director of the Reactor Research Centre (renamed subsequently as Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research) at Kalpakkam and was responsible for establishing various programmes and facilities related to fast reactors and associated fuel cycle," it said.

As Chief Executive of Heavy Water Board, he enabled the country attain self-sufficiency in Heavy Water production, the release said.

He bagged several honours, including the Padma Bhushan in 2000, it said.