Dr. Homi Nusserwanji Sethna passed away


The nuclear scientist and chemical Engineer known for Operation Smiling Buddha is no more with us.

Dr. Homi Nusserwanji Sethna Mumbai Scientist


Dr. Homi Nusserwanji Sethna, the scientist behind India's nuclear test at Pokhran on May 18, 1974, died on September 5, 2010 at his Malabar Hills residence after a prolonged illness. He was former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission.

Date of Birth : August 24, 1923 in Mumbai

Dr. Sethna, a nuclear scientist and chemical engineer, was the brain behind setting the India's first plutonium plant at Trombay in 1959. His technical expertise was utilized in setting up of the plant at Alwaye, Kerala for separation of rare earth from Monazite sands.

He retired as Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Chairman in 1984. After that he worked as chairman of Tata Power from 1989-2000. He was also in the Board of Directors in Tata Sons, Bombay Dyeing and few other companies.

Dr. Sethna is survived by a son and a daughter. His wife, a doctor, passed away recently.

Different Award Received by Dr. Sethna



Padma Shri in 1959
Padma Bhushan in 1966
Padma Vibhushan in 1975

H N Sethna Mumbai Scientist died on September 5, 2010


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