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Krishan Lal

Affiliation     Laue-Bragg Chair Professor and Principal Chief Scientists, Amity University UP, NOIDA

           DST Ramanna Fellow, Former Director, National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi

           Immediate President, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi

Date of Birth         15th March 1941

Academic Career       M.Sc. (Physics)    Agra University, Agra        1961       IInd in order of merit

                                    Ph.D.                   University of Delhi, Delhi    1969      Solid State Physics

Research Specialization: Solid State Physics; Materials Characterization; Crystal Growth & Lattice Imperfections, High Resolution X-ray Diffraction, Instrumentation; Quality Management, Certified Reference Materials and Data for Materials.

Career: Lecturer in Physics (1961-62); S.S.A.  SSPL (DRDO)- 1962-63; Joined NPL as Post Doc Fellow in Dec 1963 and Scientist B in Feb 1966 and rose to be Director Grade Scientist in 1990. Served as Director, NPL during 2000-2003 and granted Extension in service till the age of 64 rears (2005).

Contributions in Research, Development, Coordination and Collaborations 

Dr. Krishan Lal has made significant contributions in research and development, scientific leadership, and developing international collaboration. Dr. Lal’s research work on lattice imperfections in crystals, X-ray diffraction physics, and crystal growth has led to deeper understanding of the nature of real materials and their interaction with radiation and external fields. 

During Dr Lal’s Directorship, NPL had shown an impressive enhancement in R&D output, remarkably improved IPR protection, consistent increase in calibration services and resource generation.

Significant contributions as President, Indian National Science Academy

Important landmarks achieved include: hosted G-Science Meeting-2013; initiated first-ever series of Summits of South Asian Science Academies; re-election to the Executive Council of IAP and Executive Board of IAC; almost doubled bilateral MoUs with Science Academies of other countries; revived Blackett Memorial Lecture with Royal Society, series of Workshops on issues of public interest, followed with peer-reviewed documents; a series of lectures in rural and remote areas; and a new series of Public Lectures.

Honours/Awards, Memberships of Academic Bodies, Organization of Conferences and Publications

Honoured by Prime Minister of India during Inaugural Session of Indian Science Congress Session 2014 

(i) Honorary Doctorate, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1998; (ii) President, Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi 2011-2013; (iii) Fellow, National Academy of Sciences' India, Allahabad; (iv) President, CODATA, 2006-2010, (v) Vice President, Association of Academies and Science Societies of Asia (AASSA) (vi) Editor, Zeitschrift für Kristallographie –1996-2003; (vii) Awarded S. K. Mitra Birth Centenary Gold Medal of Indian Science Congress Association, Jan 2007; (viii) INSA Jawaharlal Birth Centenary Visiting Fellowship (Germany) 2010; (ix) Vice President, Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials, 1997-; (x) President, Indian Crystallography Assoc. 2003-2007; and (xi) President Ultrasonics Society of India.

Dr. Krishan Lal is Honorary Professor, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, Honorary Professor for Life, University of Delhi, Delhi and Visiting Professor, Panjab University, Chandigarh. He was IBM India Fellow at Watson Research Centre, New York; Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Technical University Darmstadt, Darmstadt and Sr. Visiting Scientist at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig.  He was Visiting Professor IIT Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia and Adjunct Professor, IIT Kharagpur. Also, served as Treasurer, INSA; Member, Advisory Board, CSIR; Director, CEL Sahibabad; Chairman, Research Advisory Board, of National Council of Science Museums, Member, Research Council of CSIR laboratories and Advisory/ Academic Councils of several reputed institutes and universities.

Dr. Lal’s students and collaborators had organized two International Conferences in his honour sponsored by International Union of Crystallography.

Dr. Krishan Lal has been Chairman of six International Symposia/Workshops/Schools. He has delivered more than 100 invited talks in reputed national/international conferences.

Dr Krishan Lal has: edited 9 Books/Volumes, published 22 Invited Papers in journals / Chapters in Books, more than 100 research papers in refereed journals and 7 patents to his credit.

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