An eminent scientist,Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar is a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. He is the President of Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded R&D institute from Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA with over 60,000 scientists.
Formerly, Dr. Mashelkar was the Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for over eleven years. He was also the President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA).
He is only the third Indian Engineer to have been elected as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), London in the twentieth century. He was elected Foreign Associate of National Academy of Science, USA (2005), Foreign Fellow of US National Academy of Engineering (2003), Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K. (1996), and Fellow of World Academy of Art & Science, USA (2000).
Twenty-nine universities have honoured him with honorary doctorates, which include Universities of London, Salford, Pretoria, Wisconsin and Delhi.
He has won over 50 awards and medals from several bodies for his outstanding contribution in the field of science and technology. He is the only scientist so far to have won the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award (1998) and the Star of Asia Award (2005) at the hands of George Bush Sr., the former president of USA.
The President of India honoured Dr. Mashelkar with Padmashri (1991) and with Padmabhushan (2000), which are two of the highest civilian honours in recognition of his contribution to nation building.
He is a Director of Tata Motors Limited, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Thermax Limited, Piramal Life Sciences Limited, KPIT Cummins Infosystems Limited, Sakal Papers Limited, IKP Knowledge Park and several private limited companies. He is also a Director of Reliance Gene Medix Plc. (company incorporated outside India).