Prof. V. Krishnan

Prof. V. Krishnan is Honorary Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (A Deemed University), Bangalore, India, is the Chairman, Education Technology Unit of the Centre & is associated with Chemical Biology Unit of the Centre. He is the Director of the Third World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for Central and South Asia (TWASROCASA), Trieste, Italy. He is the President, Chemical Research Society of India. He is an Honorary Professor at the Banares Hindu University, Varanasi and is a Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society.

He had his early education at Madras University and Banaras Hindu University, and obtained his doctorate degree in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He carried out his postdoctoral work at the H.C. Orsted Institute at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Texas A&M University, USA. He joined as a faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and later moved to the Indian Institute of Science at the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. He established an internationally known Bioinorganic School. The main research interest of Prof. V. Krishnan is in the area of photochemical conversion of solar energy using bioinorganic models. His research contributions cover wide areas in Chemistry, Molecular Spectroscopy, Macrocyclic Systems, Electrochemistry and others. He has over 200 research publications in journals of international repute. His research contributions have been widely recognized both nationally and internationally and continue to contribute significantly to research.

Among the several honours and distinctions conferred on him, a few are the IISc Alumni Award, Chemito Award, Golden Jubilee Commemoration Medal of INSA (1998), Khundkar Memorial Award Lecture of University of Dhaka, UGC National Lecturer, Visiting Professor at Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, USA, University of Houston, Texas, USA, University of Dundee, Scotland, University of Wageningen, The Netherlands, ETH, Lausanne at Switzerland, University of Strassbourg, France, Vice President, Indian National Science Academy (2000-03), Hindustan Lever Research Professorship of JNCASR, Nayudamma Memorial Lecture. He was elected as Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (1984) Indian National Science Academy and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Trieste, Italy.

Prof. Krishnan is immediate past President (equivalent to the Vice-Chancellor) of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (A Deemed University), Bangalore. Many important positions as Chairman/Membership of Advisory Committees of many agencies and Departments like University Grants Commission, Department of Science & Technology, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research and Department of Atomic Energy have been held by him. He was the Secretary, Indian Academy of Sciences (1989-94) and Vice-President (Science & Society) of Indian National Science Academy (2000-2002). President, 3rd Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES) – 2007.

Prof. Krishnan has an abiding interest in science education. He has been a great teacher and is deeply involved in science education. He has been an author for the NCERT High School Science Textbooks and also School Science Textbook (earlier version) for the Karnataka Government. His commitment to science education is great and he has been involved in the promotion of Science Education in many countries.