metallurgical engineering in 1950 from the Banaras Hindu University,
Master’s and the PhD degrees in
physical metallurgy from the University of Sheffield, UK. The University
conferred on him in the year 1974 its highest degree of DOCTOR OF
METALLURGY – the first on any Indian – in recognition of his polished
contributions to metallurgical sciences and technology.
Dr. Rajendra Kumar had
joined the CSIR as a Junior Scientific Assistant and rose to become
Scientist (Director) at the National Metallurgical Laboratory,
Jamshedpur and Director of the Regional Research Laboratory, Bhopal. His
research interests covered a broad spectrum: structure of liquid metals
and alloys, technology of melt treatments and filtration of aluminium
alloy melts, development of aluminium alloys, the phenomenon of creep
and high temperature service, failure investigations etc.
He was the “Expert
National Coordinator” for a nation wide research scheme on boiler tube
failures, sponsored by the Central board of Irrigation & power, Govt of
India and also a member of the committee to draft the VIII plan
proposals for R & D in the thermal power sector.
Dr. Kumar continues to
be variously professionally consulted in failure and RLA studies
considered to be a leading expert in that area.