Onkar Nath Srivastava
Prof ON Srivastava addressing young researchers on Hydrogen Day.jpg
Srivastava addressing young researchers at BHU, Varanasi
Born (1942-12-31) 31 December 1942 (age 79)
Died24 April 2021[1]
OccupationMaterial physicist
Years activeSince 1968
Known forNanotechnology
Hydrogen energy
Spouse(s)Madhur Srivastava
Children2
Awards

Onkar Nath Srivastava (1942-2021)[1] was an Indian material physicist, an Emeritus professor of Banaras Hindu University and the vice president for India and South Asia of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy, who is known for his contributions to the disciplines of nanotechnology and hydrogen energy.[2] He is the author of two books and over 440 scientific papers[3] and a recipient of several honors including Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, the highest Indian award in the science and technology categories.[4] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2016, for his contributions to science and engineering.[5]

Biography

Srivastava was born on the last day of the year 1942 in Varanasi, the holy city of Lord Shiva in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.[6] He secured his master's degree in Physics (MSc) in 1961 from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and followed it up with a doctoral degree (PhD) from the same institution, under the guidance of renowned physicist Ajit Ram Verma, in 1966.[7] After doing his post doctoral research at Cornell University, USA, he returned to India to start his career as a lecturer at Banaras Hindu University where he served in different capacities as that of a reader, professor, head of the department of physics and the coordinator of the Centre of Advance Studies-Hydrogen Energy Centre. After his superannuation from service, he continues his association with the university as a professor emeritus[8] and as an associate faculty member of Condensed Matter Experiment research program of the university.[9]

Prof. Srivastava in Varanasi
Prof. Srivastava in Varanasi
Prof. Srivastava with Abdul Kalam
Prof. Srivastava with Abdul Kalam
Prof ON Srivastava at reception ceremony of Padma Shri Award.jpg
Prof ON Srivastava with Mr. R Chidambram, ex scientific advisor to Government of India.jpg
Prof ON Srivastava with Mr. S Sridharan, Respond Project coordinator at VSSC, ISRO-Trivandrum.jpg

Srivastava, a former member of the board of directors of The World Academy of Sciences,.[10] is the vice president (India & South Asia) of the International Association of Hydrogen Energy, having been elected to the position in 2012, where he also serves as a member of their editorial board.[2] Under his guidance, the Hydrogen Energy Centre of BHU is involved in advance research on the practical applications of hydrogen fuel, in association with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), of the Government of India.[8] He has published two books, Crystallography Applied to Solid State Physics[4] and Formation and phase stability of Al based quasicrystals: Quasicrystal[11] and over 440 scientific papers.[12][13] He has delivered keynote addresses in a number of science seminars and has undertaken several projects for various government agencies; Nanoscience and Technology of the Department of Science and Technology (2005–2010), Support to Hydrogen Energy Centre (2007–2012), Development & Demonstration of Hydrogen Catalytic Combustion Cookers (2007–2010), Development & Demonstration of Hydrogen Fueled three wheelers (2009–2012), Mission Mode Project on Hydrogen Storage Materials (Hydride) (2009–2014), all of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and Synthesis Characterization and Properties of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes (2009–2012) of the Defence Research and Development Organization are some of the notable ones.[14] He has also been involved in organizing many science conferences[15] and has mentored 57 doctoral students.[2]

Books

Awards and honors

S. No. Awards and special honors[16][17][18][19] Agency/Organization carrying out the survey\offering the awards Purpose and Nature of Award
1 Padma Shri (2016) Government of India For citations of research work
2 Top 2% scientists of the world (2020) Stanford University Materials
3 National Research Award (2019)

(Nano Science & Technology)

Department of Science & Technology

(Govt. of India)

For significant work in nanoscience (CNM) & its application for Hydrogen energy
4 NASI-Senior Scientist (2019) National Academy of Sciences, India Excellent work in the field of Nanoscience and Hydrogen Energy
5 The International Association of Hydrogen Energy has established IJHE Onkar N. Srivastava Award to be presented at the WHEC Conference Gala Dinner to the authors of the most cited Fuel Cells related paper during the previous odd year (2018). International Association of Hydrogen Energy To recognize excellent work done in the field of Hydrogen Energy
6 IPA Award (BARC) for Excellence in Applied Physics (2014) Indian Physical Association (IPA) To honor eminent scientist involved in applied research
7 Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of Electron Microscope-EMSI (2014) Electron Microscopy Society of India To recognize sustained work in Electron Microscopy
8 MRSI-ICSC Award (2009) Materials Research Society of India For Superconductivity works
9 Bharat Excellence Award (Friendship Society of India) (1997) Public award To recognize well known scientist
10 Awarded K.S. Rao Memorial Award on Renewable Energy (1995) Solar Energy Society of India (by KS Rao Trust) For Outstanding work in Hydrogen Energy
11 FNA: Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (New Delhi) (1994) INSA, New Delhi To recognize research of Indian Scientist
12 Goyal Award in Physical Sciences (1993) Goyal Foundation For Outstanding work in Hydrogen Energy
13 Homi J. Bhabha Award for Applied Sciences (2002) University Grants Commission for R&D* in Hydrogen Energy to honour eminent scientist
14 FNASc.: Fellow of National Academy of Sciences (Allahabad) (1989) Science Academy, Allahabad To recognize work of eminent scientist
15 Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award in Physical Sciences (1988) Awarded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (New Delhi) To honour path breaking research in Physical Science

In 1988, The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) awarded Srivastava the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, the highest Indian science award for his contributions on high temperature oxide superconductors, growth, characterization and application of hydrogen storage materials.[6] He received the Goyal Prize in Physical Sciences and K. S. Rao Memorial Award on Renewable Energy in 2000 and two years later, the Indian Science Congress Association awarded him the 2002 Homi J. Bhabha Award in Applied Sciences.[14] In 201, he was recognized by the ICSC with the Material Research Society of India-ICSC Award.[10] The National Academy of Sciences, India elected him as their fellow in 1989,[20] followed by the Indian National Science Academy in 1994[7] and the International Association of Hydrogen Energy in 2010.[21] He is also an elected fellow of the Asia Pacific Academy of Materials, International Academy of Physical Sciences and the New York Academy of Sciences.[14]

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See also

References

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  11. ^ Thakur Prasad Yadav, Onkar Nath Srivastava (2012). Formation and phase stability of Al based quasicrystals: Quasicrystal. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. p. 216. ISBN 978-3847320883.
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