Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, is known globally for his pioneering research in polymer science and engineering, for his exceptional and transformative leadership of major Indian R&D institutions, his playing a key role in pioneering the intellectual property movement in India and for his being a dominant force in shaping India’s S&T policies and performance in the post-liberalised India.
He was the President of Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded R&D institutes from Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA with over 60,000 scientists. He served as the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with thirty-eight laboratories for over eleven years. He was also the President of Indian National Science Academy and President of Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK). Mashelkar’s own path breaking research in polymer Science and engineering won him the top national and global laurels. He is only the third Indian engineer to have been elected (1998) as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), London in the twentieth century. He was elected Foreign Associate of US National Academy of Science (2005) and also National Academy of Engineering (2003), Associate Foreign Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2011), Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K. (1996), Foreign Fellow of Australian Technological Science and Engineering Academy (2008), Fellow of World Academy of Arts & Science, USA (2000) and Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors (2017), the first ever Indian from India to be elected.
He has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University (2007-2012), at Delaware University (1976, 1988), and at Technology University of Denmark (1982). He has been Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Professor at Monash University for twelve years (2007-2018).
In the post-liberalized India, Dr. Mashelkar has played a critical role in shaping India’s S&T policies. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister formed by successive governments over the last three decades. Thirty nine universities have honored him with honorary doctorates, which include Universities of London, Salford, Pretoria, Wisconsin, Swinburne, Monash and Delhi. The President of India has honoured Dr. Mashelkar with Padmashri (1991), with Padmabhushan (2000) and with Padma Vibhushan (2014).