Prof Ramamurthy is a well known Indian nuclear scientist with a broad range of contributions from basic research to science administration. During the period 1995-2006, Prof. Ramamurthy was Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi. He was also the Chairman of the IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Applications for nearly a decade. He is currently the Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore. In recognition of his services to the growth of Science and Technology in the country, Prof. Ramamurthy was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2005.