M. B. Ramachandra Rao
Born(1906-08-05)5 August 1906
British India
Died4 September 1992(1992-09-04) (aged 86)
Known forWritings on geophysics
AwardsPadma Bhushan

Mandagere Bharadwaj Ramachandra Rao (5 August 1906 – 4 September 1992) was an Indian geophysicist, writer and one of the founding leaders of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC).[1] It was Rao who was reported to have identified Patiala House as the headquarters of the organization.[2] Born in the Mysore state of British India, (present-day Karnataka state), on 5 August 1906, he secured his post graduate degree (MSc) from the University of Mysore before joining the Geological Survey of India (GSI).[3] Later, when the Oil and Natural Gas Commission was formed in 1956, he joined the organization along with a number of geoscientists from GSI where he served for a number of years.[4]

Rao published several scientific articles[5] and a number of books on geophysics.[6][7] He was an elected fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences.[3] The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1972, for his contributions to science.[8] He died on 4 September 1992, at the age of 86.[3]

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  1. ^ "ONGC'S PHENOMENAL JOURNEY TOWARDS DIAMOND JUBILEE". Pioneer. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  2. ^ "ONCE AGAIN, IT'S TIME FOR DOUBLE CELEBRATION AT ONGC". Pioneer. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Fellow Profile". Indian Academy of Sciences. 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  4. ^ "History". ONGC. 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Ramachandra Rao, M. B. on GSI". Geological Survey of India. 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  6. ^ V. L. S. Bhimasankaram; C. P. Gupta; Mandagere Bharadwaj Ramachandra Rao (1980). Proceedings of the Seminar on Exploration Geophysics in India, February 1977, Hyderabad: C.P. Gupta ... [et Al.]. Association of Exploration Geophysicists.
  7. ^ A Compilation of Papers on the Assam Earthquake of August 15, 1950. 1953.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.