Indian nuclear scientist Krishnamurthy Santhanam, who played noteworthy role in 1998 nuclear tests at Pokhran, has passed away. Santhanam was the field director of Defence Research and Development Organization during the tests of Pokhran-II.
He was deeply associated with Defence Research and Development Organization(DRDO), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). He was awarded with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 1999 by the Government of India. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday expressed grief over the demise of scientist Dr Krishnamurthy Santhanam, saying the latter will always be remembered for his remarkable efforts and contribution in the field of science and technology in the country. “Dr K Santhanam will be remembered for his remarkable efforts and contribution in the field of science and technology in India. He was associated with institutions like DRDO, DAE and IDSA. His role in successful 1998 nuclear tests was noteworthy. I am deeply anguished by his demise” Singh tweeted. The Defence Minister said that the scientist’s role in successful 1998 nuclear tests was noteworthy.