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Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon

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Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon

Born: 28 August 1928

Died: 22 November 2016

  • He also is known as M. G. K. Menon, was a physicist and policy maker from India.
  • He had a prominent role in the development of science and technology in India over four decades.
  • One of his most important contributions was nurturing the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, which his mentor Homi J. Bhabha founded in 1945.
  • He undertook experiments with cosmic rays to explore the properties of fundamental particles.
  • He was actively involved in setting up balloon flight experiments, as well as deep underground experiments with cosmic ray neutrinos in the mines at Kolar Gold Fields.
  • He was the President of the Indian Statistical Institute, the Vikram Sarabhai Fellow of the Indian Space Research Organisation, President of the National Academy of Sciences, India, Director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (1966–1975), Chairman Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Chairman Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad.
  • He won the Abdus Salam Award and was a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
  • He was one of the most prominent scientists from the state of Kerala and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 1970.
  • The asteroid 7564 Gokumenon was named in his honor in late 2008.

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