Anil Kumar Ganguly earned his DSc degree (1949) from the University of Calcutta. His areas of specialization were environmental sciences, radiation physics and chemistry. He was the Director of the Chemical Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai.
Academic and Research Achievements: Ganguly specialized in radiation chemistry, properties of clay minerals, environmental pollution and control and reactor siting. His outstanding piece of work was on base exchange behaviour of homo-ionic clay salts. His work in theoretical radiation chemistry (radical reaction mechanism in the tracks of ionizing radiation) is considered to be a monumental contribution. He also addressed the problems of health and safety, siting of nuclear power reactors and environmental problems. He established a school of marine pollution and was widely recognized as an authority on organo-metallic interactions in marine environment.
Other Contributions: Ganguly was an International Atomic Energy Agencies representative to advise atomic energy agencies of several countries on setting up facilities for health and safety.
Awards and Honours: Ganguly was awarded the Padma Shri (1974) and was a National Fellow of Department of Science and Technology.