Homi Sethna

Homi Nusserwanji Sethna (Hindi: होमी नौशेरवानजी सेठना, Homi Nauśervānajī Sethna; born August 24, 1923 in Bombay, † September 5, 2010 in Mumbai) was an Indian nuclear scientist, longtime chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and the leading force behind India's first nuclear test.


Sethna, a nuclear scientist and chemical engineer, the mid-1950s by Homi Jehangir Bhabha at the Research Center Atomic Energy Establishment Trombay ( AEET ) was called and was there first 1956-1958 Project Manager for the construction of the Canadian Indian Reactor with U.S. heavy water ( CIRUS ), a reactor with 40 megawatts of power. Subsequently, he was responsible for the construction of the first plutonium production facility in Trombay in 1959 and later became director of Indian Rare Earth in Kerala. In 1960 he was awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar first scheduling the Prize for Science and Technology for Engineering.

After the death of Bhabha 1966, he became his successor as Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and was built in 1967 uranium production facility in Jaduguda in Bihar. In his capacity as chairman of the AEC, he was also the driving force behind the first serving Indian, ostensibly for peaceful purposes nuclear explosion as part of Operation Smiling Buddha in the Thar Desert on 18 May 1974. For his services he was in 1975 with the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of Merit.

In 1984, he resigned as chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and went into the private sector later. In addition to working as chairman of the power utility Tata Power 1989 to 2000 he was also a board member of Tata Sons Ltd.. , Bombay Dyeing and some other companies.