Father of India’S Nuclear Fusion Predhiman Krishan Kaw Passed Away (Download PDF)


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Padma Shri Prof Predhiman Krishan Kaw father of India’s nuclear fusion reactor program is passed away at the age of 69 years due to Parkinson’s disease in Ahmadabad, he is the founder of Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) at Gandhinagar in 1986 and also has served as director of IPR till 2012.

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  • IPR has enable India to make it position in those seven member entities which is building the world’s largest fusion experiment.
  • India becomes part of the prestigious LIGO project and also full partner in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, during his reign as director of IPR.
  • He was named as the laureate of the Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Prize for ”outstanding contributions” in the field of plasma physics.
  • He was activated in the field of scientist till the end and he has created environment for young scientists based on requirements.
  • His interest area was physics, plasma research, philosophy and understanding consciousness.

About Predhiman Krishan Kaw:

  • Predhiman Krishan Kaw was born on 15th January 1948.
  • He was one of best Indian plasma physicist.
  • He had published around 308 research paper.
  • He had won almost 15 awards and fellowships during his career including cherished the SS Bhatnagar award in 1986 and the Indian National Science Academy’s Young Scientists Award in 1974, which was given by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
  • Professor Kaw is become well-known for his major contributions to Theoretical Plasma Physics.
  • He had completed his PhD form IIT Delhi in 1966 at the age of only 18 year.
  • During his career he had served at various position including Professor, Assistant Professor and Director.

What is Nuclear Fusion

  • Nuclear Fusion is one kind of reaction in which two or more atomic nuclei come close and form one or more different atomic nuclei and subatomic particles.
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Image of Nuclear Fusion

Image of Nuclear Fusion

  • Fusion is the process which powers active or “main sequence” stars, or other high magnitude stars.
  • The fusion process produces a nucleus lighter than iron-56 or nickel-62 which usually yields a net energy release.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 26, 2017


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