Professor Gopal Shankar Upadhyaya, formerly Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, has been awarded the 2013 Samsonov Award by the Ukrainian Materials Research Society (UMRS) for outstanding achievements in the development of modern materials research.
The award, presented annually by the UMRS, is in memory of G V Samsonov (1918-1975) who was the Deputy Director of the Institute of Materials Science Problems, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, and a world authority in the area of synthesis and Powder Metallurgy processing of refractory compounds based on transition metals. Coincidentally, Professor Upadhyaya was a research student of Professor Samsonov from 1966-1969, in whose collaboration he wrote the Russian language book ‘Physical Materials Science of Carbides’ (1974 published by Naukova Dumka, Kiev).
Professor Upadhyaya was born in Varanasi in India in 1939. His metallurgical education began at Banaras Hindu University, from where he graduated with his first degree in 1960. He received he M.Sc. degree from the department of Physical Metallurgy at the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1962 and later a Ph.D. from the Kiev Institute of Technology, Kiev, Ukraine in 1969 under the guidance of Professor G.V. Samsonov.
His academic career began at the University of Roorkee from 1964 to 1975 and then at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1976- 2001) as Professor in the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering. He has trained a large number of students now working all over the world in academia, research and industry.
Professor Upadhyaya has published more than 300 original papers and authored/edited 16 books on a wide range of metallurgical topics. He has also won many prestigious awards including the Niobium Medal of the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Germany in 1989, the Samsonov Prize of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering in 1993, Medal of the Materials Research Society of India also in 1993, G.D. Birla Gold Medal of the Indian Institute of Metals in 1994, Distinguished Alumnus of Banaras Hindu University in 1998, Dr. Daya Swarup Memorial Lecturer of the Indian Institute of Metals in 2008 and the D. N. Agrawal Memorial Lifetime Achievement award of the Indian Ceramic Society in 2009.
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