Prof CV Sundaram
Prof CV Sundaram came to NIAS after his retirement from Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam. In the eleven years he was at NIAS after 1991, he was a great influence, especially to the younger faculty at that time. Although a metallurgist, he was very interested in the history of science and technology. This discipline and the area of science and society were his main interests while he was at NIAS. One of the important contributions he made was to increase the awareness towards ancient Indian contribution to technology. Over the years, his interest in the history of science moved from ancient Indian contributions to the history of Indian science organizations. This led him to write an account of the atomic energy programme which was published later as a book. One of the endearing traits of Prof Sundaram was his great interest to learn new ideas from other disciplines and other faculty in the Institute, however young they were. He thus played an important part in establishing the multi-disciplinary nature of the Institute in its formative years. He died on 15th August 2008 at the age of 78.