Memorial Lectures


Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment has instituted Memorial lectures to honour the S&T visionaries to cherish their contributions. Dr. P. K. Iyengar, P. T. BhskaraPanicker, Dr. P. K. Gopalakrishnan, Dr. P. R. Pisharoty, Dr. G. N. Ramachandran and Dr. E.K. Janakiyammal are the distinguished scientists of the past whose contributions will be honored reminiscently during the lectures, by the eminent speakers. Memorial lectures will be delivered on evening sessions every day from 25-30 January 2021.

Dr.P.K. Iyengar

Padmanabha Krishnagopala Iyengar (29 June 1931 – 21 December 2011), former chairman STEC, was an eminent Indian nuclear physicist. He played a central role in India’s nuclear experiments. He was former head of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India.


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Dr. G.N. Ramachandran

Gopalasamudram NarayanaIyer Ramachandran, (8 October 1922 – 7 April 2001) was an Indian physicist who was known for his work that led to his creation of the Ramachandran plot for understanding peptide structure. He was the first to propose a triple-helical model for the structure of collagen. He also made other major contributions in biology and physics.

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Dr. E.K. JanakiAmmal

JanakiAmmalEdavalethKakkat was an Indian botanist who conducted scientific research in cytogenetics and geography. Her most notable work involves those on sugarcane and the eggplant. Her studies on ethnobotany particularly in use of plants by tribals in Kerala are of great value. In order to promote excellent work in taxonomy and encourage young students and scholars to work in this field, the E.K. JanakiAmmal Award was instituted in the year 1999. Two awards, for outstanding work in Botanical and Zoological Taxonomy including work done in Micro-organisms are eligible for consideration under either of the two categories—E.K. JanakiAmmal National Award on Plant Taxonomy and E.K. JanakiAmmal National Award on Animal Taxonomy respectively.

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P. T. BhaskaraPanicker

P.T.BhaskaraPanicker (1922–1997) was a famous social activist and writer of Kerala, India. He was born on October 15, 1922 in Adakkaputhur in Palakkad district to K.M.V.Namppoothiri and Kavukkuttyamma. After passing BSc and BT, he worked as a school teacher for two years. Panicker was one of the leaders of the science popularisation movement Kerala SasthraSahithyaParishad, in the 1960s and 1970s.He was the founder editor of journals including SasthraKeralam (science journal for children) Primary Teacher (journal for school teachers), and PusthakaSameeksha (journal for book review ). He was also the editor of encyclopedias like Jeevacharithrakosam for children, Science Encyclopedia for children, Balavijnanakosam, SasthraVijnanakosam, DravidaVijnanakosam. He has written more than 100 books, mostly scientific and educational.He died on December 30, 1997.

Dr. P.K. Gopalakrishnan

Dr. P.K. Gopalakrishnan, an eminent sociologist and economist has played a crucial role in formulating the Science & Technology Policy of Kerala in 1972 and in establishing the R&D institutes under it. He took his Master’s Degree in Social Science from Institute of Social Sciences, The Hague. He completed his Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from Amsterdam University, The Netherlands under Prof. Tinbergen, a noble laureate. Dr. Gopalakrishnan affectionately called ‘PKG’ had occupied many important positions in Government of Kerala. He was associated in different capacities with Cardamom Wage Board, Taxation Enquiry Committee, Labour& Industrial Bureau and Backward Classes Reservation Commission. He was a Special Secretary to Planning & Economic Affairs Department during 1974-80.

Dr. P.R. Pisharoty

Pisharoth Rama Pisharoty (February 10, 1909 – September 24, 2002) was an Indian physicist and meteorologist, and is considered to be the father of remote sensing in India.He was the founder Director of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune in 1962. His pioneering experiment of detection of coconut wilt-root disease using Soviet aircraft and US equipment was considered to be the first success in remote sensing in India. Pisharoty served as the Director, Remote Sensing and Satellite Meteorology, at ISRO Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad during 1972-75. He was a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of World Meteorological Organization from 1963 to 1968 and later its Chairman. He worked at PRL until the early nineties when he retired for health reasons. The Indian Society of Remote Sensing renamed the Indian National Remote Sensing Award to ‘P. R. Pisharoty Memorial Award’ in his memory.