Onkar Nath Srivastava obtained PhD (Physics) from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) under the supervision of AR Verma. Thereafter, he worked as post doctoral fellow, Cornell University (1966-69). He joined BHU in 1968 and worked as Lecturer, Reader, Professor and Head, Department of Physics, and Coordinator CAS and Hydrogen Energy Centre, and is presently Professor Emeritus of Physics and Cooordinator Nanoscience and Technology and Hydrogen Energy Centre, at BHU.
Academic and Research Achievements: Srivastava has made notable researches in renewable energy with particular emphasis on hydrogen energy, nanoscience and technology, nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibres, apart from high power superconductors, colossal magneto resistance, quasi-crystals and bulk metallic glasses, electron microscopy, thin films, exotic materials, etc. He guided more than 32 PhD students and published more than 340 papers, 15 review articles and the book Crystallography for Solid State Physics in association with AR Verma (1989).
Other Contributions: Srivastava made notable achievements for the formation of interdisciplinary centres on Hydrogen Energy (under UGC), Nanoscience and Technology, UNANST (under DST), and procured a good number of projects with funding from UGC, DST, CSIR, MNRE and others to boost R&D. He was on the Board of Directors of the World Academy of Materials and International Association of Hydrogen Energy (2001). He also served as Member, Asia Pacific Academy of Materials and Editorial Board of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2004).
Awards and Honours: Professor Srivastava was bestowed the SS Bhatnagar Award in Physical Sciences (1988), Homi J Bhabha Award in Applied Sciences, Goyal Award in Physical Sciences (2000), and KS Rao Memorial Award on Renewable Energy by Solar Energy Society of India (2000). He was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad, and New York Science Academy (USA).