Speakers' Profile
Day 1 - Wednesday, 8th December 2010
Opening Plenary on 'Nanotechnology: A key tool in attaining developmental goals'
(Part II)
Dr. W. Selvamurthy
Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller, R&D (Life Sciences)
Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO)

Dr. W. Selvamurthy Distinguished Scientist is presently Chief Controller, Research & Development  (Life Sciences). He is post-graduation in Human Physiology from Christian Medical College, Vellore (1972) and Ph.D from University of Delhi (1982) and Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.) from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (Deemed University), Bangalore (2006). He has awarded the Degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) (Honoris Causa) in recognition of his eminent attainment in the field of science and his distinctive place in the scientific world by Fakir Mohan University, Balasore (2008). Recently he has also been awarded Doctor of Scinece (D.Sc.) (Honoris Causa) from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore (2009).

Professional Affiliations

  • President, Federation of India Physiological Societies (FIPS – 2002 – 2008)
  • President, Physiology Section, 84th Session of Indian Science Congress (1996-97)
  • Vice-President, Physiological Society of India (PSI) (1992-1995)
  • Fellow (1990) & Vice President of Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists (1995-2001)
  • Fellow of International Medical Science Academy (2006)
  • Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences (2008)
  • Adviser, International Society of Biometeorology (SIB) (Germany) (1999-2002)
  • Expert Member in World Meteorological Organization (Geneva (1983-1985)
  • ISB representative in World Health Organization (WHO) South – East Asian Region (1990-1995)

In recognition of his outstanding research contributions, he has been honoured with the following prestigious Research Awards from different restigious organizations:

  • Technology Leadership Award (2010) from Defence Research & development  Organization  
  • Evangeline Endowment Lecture (2008) Karunya University, Coimbatore
  • Prof SC Mahalanobis Memorial Oration (2007) - The Physiological Society of India
  • Delivered Shri Nani A. Palkhivala Memorial Lecture on “Life Sciences in Service of Soldiers” at SHANMUGHA, SASTRA University, Thanjavur (2007)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award received from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Hon’ble President of India in the field of Clinical and Preventive Cardiology in the World – 2006 – 2007
  • Dr CL Baid Metha Oration  - 2005
  • Prof SK Mitra Memorial Lecture – The Institution of Engineers (India) (2004)
  • Rastre Shresht Nidhi Award – Industrial Technology of India (2004)
  • Best Academician Award – Zorostrain College an NGO affiliated United Nation of Economy and Social Sciences (2004)
  • Dr P Brahmayya Sastry Memorial Award – Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists (2003)
  • Annual Guest Oration (JSS) – JIPMER Scientific Society (2003)
  • HH Loescheke Research Prize in Respiratory Physiology – Association of Physiologists and
  • Pharmacologists of India (2002)
  • National Citizen's Award - National Citizen's Committee (2001)
  • Platinum Jubilee Oration by Indian Science Congress Association (1995)
  • Maj. Gen. S.L. Bhatia Oration by Assn. of Physiologists & Pharmacologists Society of India (1994)
  • ‘Scientists of the year Award’ by DRDO (1989)
  • ‘Shakuntala Amir Chand’ Award by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) (1986)
  • Maj. General Amir Chand Award by DGAFMS (1984)
  • Thangam Vasudevan Research Prize by Indian Association of Biomedical Award Scientists (1981)