Badanaval Venkata Sreekantan received the PhD (1954) from the University of Bombay. He was Director, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (1975-87) and INSA Srinivasa Ramanujan Professor (1987-92).
Academic and Research Achievements: Sreekantan's research encompasses three distinct but related areass of fundamental science, viz. cosmic rays, elementary particles, and high-energy X-ray and ?-ray astronomics. He carried out deep underground experiments in Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), cloud chamber studies of cosmic ray interactions at Ooty; X-ray, ?-ray astronomy experiments with balloons from Hyderabad and rockets from TERLS and SHAR. He also made extensive air shower experiments at Ooty and KGF.
Other Contributions: Sreekantan was Vice-Chairman, IUPAP Cosmic Ray Commission (1987-93), and Chairman, Governing councils of SAMEER, Indian Institute of Astrophysics and Research Council, National Physical Laboratory, and others.
Awards and Honours: Professor Sreekantan was conferred Homi Jahangir Bhabha Medal by INSA (1978), CV Raman Award by UGC (1977), RD Birla Award by Indian Physics Association (1982), Ramanujan Award, Indian Science Congress (1989), Padma Bhushan (1988), UGC National Lecturer and PMS Blackett Memorial Lecture Award by INSA-the Royal Society (1978). He was elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences.