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Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon


Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon

Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon
Born (1928-08-28) 28 August 1928 (age 85)
Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Fields Physics
Institutions Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Indian Space Research Organization
Department of Science & Technology, Government of India
Alma mater Royal Institute of Science
University of Bristol
Doctoral advisor Cecil F. Powell
Known for KGF Experiments
Notable awards Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (1960), Fellow of the Royal Society(FRS)(1970)
Abdus Salam Medal (1996)

Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon, FRS (born 28 August 1928), also known as M. G. K. Menon, is a physicist and policy maker from India. He has had a prominent role in the development of science and technology in India during the past four decades. One of his most important contributions was nurturing the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, which his mentor Homi J. Bhabha founded in 1945.

He undertook experiments with cosmic rays to explore the properties of †

Early life


M. G. K. Menon was educated at Jaswant College, Jodhpur, and the Royal Institute of Science, Bombay, before he moved to the University of Bristol for his Ph.D in elementary particle physics under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Cecil F. Powell in 1953.

Association with TIFR

He joined TIFR in 1955 "essentially because of Bhabha", and the association lasted nearly five decades. He became the director of the institute in 1966, at the age of 38, following Bhabha's untimely death. In fact, M. G. K. Menon began handling the affairs of the institute ever since he was 33, because of Bhabha's increasing involvement with the country's nascent atomic energy programme.

Special Awards: He won the Padmabhushan in 1968 and Padma Vibhushan in 1985.


External links

  • Article by Menon: Impact of Advances in science and new technologies on society
  • Article on Menon
  • War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
  • Activists Condemn Gujarat Violence, Screen New Documentary [1]
Government offices
Preceded by
Vikram Sarabhai
ISRO Chairman
Jan 1972 - Sept 1972
Succeeded by
Satish Dhawan

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