Honours, Awards and Recognition

BPR’s long and distinguished career as a professional geologist in the service of the erstwhile Mysore State and the newly formed State of Karnataka and his seminal contributions in the advancement of geological sciences through the Society, made him known nationally and internationally as the tallest figure in Indian Geology in recent times. Honours and Awards were conferred on him for the yeoman services rendered in different stages of his long and fruitful life.

He was elected as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore in 1956. He received the National Mineral Award in the year 1971 and in the same year he was elected as Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy. BPR received the “Rajyothsava Award” of Karnataka in 1974 for the services rendered to the State.

Radhakrishnaite, a new mineral was named after BPR in the year 1985 by Russian scientists. The sample containing Radhakrishnaite was collected from a gold-quartz vein constituting the Champion Reef of the Kolar Gold Fields. Its chemical composition is PbT3(Cl,S)2 Lead Tellurium chloride.

Dr. Radhakrishna was elected as Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London in 1986 and as Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 1990. Government of India honoured him with “Padmashri” in the year 1991. He was awarded D.Sc. (Honoris Causa ) by the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad in 1992. In the same year, he was the recipient of the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award for the best biographical book published in Kannada on Raman (published in 1989), and the D.N. Wadia Medal of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) for Earth Sciences. Dr. Radhakrishna received the Millennium Award of the Geochemical Society of India in 2000. BPR was awarded the Visveswaraya Award for Senior Scientists instituted by the State Government in 1996. He was elected as Honorary Fellow of the Indian Geophysical Union, Hyderabad in 1996. He was awarded the Sahitya Academy Award for the best biography on Darwin in 1997, and once again for his work on Madam Curie in 2001. Dr. Radhakrishna received the “National Mineral Award for Excellence-2000” by the Government of India in 2002. He was honoured with the Jawaharlal Nehru Centenary Award at the 94th Indian Science Congress at Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu in 2007.