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About CVS Ratnam

Discover the Life and Legacy: Dive into the Extraordinary Journey of Dr. CVS Ratnam - Innovator, Visionary, and Global Trailblazer.

Dr. CVS Ratnam: Commemorating a Century of Vision and Impact

Dr. CVS Ratnam, born on October 9, 1923, in Cumbum, Andhra Pradesh, embarked on a visionary journey that spanned a century.


His life's dedication to innovation and progress has left an indelible mark. Serving at the United Nations for six years in Technology Development and Transfer showcased his global outlook.

As Managing Director of the National Research Development Corporation, he elevated technology and research in India. His influential roles at Neyveli Lignite Corporation included overseeing key plants and laboratories.


Remarkably, he stood alone as the Indian recipient of the esteemed Sioux Award (highest honour given by the University of North Dakota - UND) in 1970, a testament to his exceptional contributions. Join us in commemorating his life, as we delve into the multifaceted impact of a leader whose brilliance and dedication continue to inspire.

Dr. CVS Ratnam's legacy includes a remarkable portfolio of over 150 international publications, a testament to his significant contributions to the global academic and research communities.

Welcome to the digital tribute honoring the visionary journey of Dr. CVS Ratnam.

Personal Data

Name: Chaluvadi Venkata Subba Ratnam

Date of Birth: 9th Oct, 1923

Place of Birth: Cumbum, Prakasam Dist, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Father’s name: Chaluvadi Venkata Subbayya

Mother’s Name: Narayanama

Wife: Sarojini Ratnam.

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Educational Qualification:

  • High School, Cumbum, Andhra Pradesh, India. 1932 to 1940 – First Class - Scored high marks in all subjects.  

  • Andhra Christian College, India -1940 to 1942. Intermediate, First Class - Scored High Rank

  • Andhra University, Guntur, India - 1942 to1945. B.Sc (Hons) First Class – Second Rank. Distinction in all subjects.

  • Indian Institute of Science, India - 1945 to 1946. Certificate in Chemical Engineering. High marks and Distinction.

  • Oregan state University, U.S.A. 1947 to 1948. M.S. in Chemical Engineering. Distinction.

  • Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A. 1948 to 1949 Doctor of Philosophy, Courses in Personal Management & other courses.

  • University of North Dakota, U.S.A. 1949 to 1950, Ph. D in Fuel Technology and Chemical Engineering.

  • Published nearly 150 papers.

Board of High School, Cumbum, Andhra Pradesh India. 1932 to 1940 Secondary School Leaving Certificate. (S.S.L.C.). Scored high marks in all subjects. 

University of North Dakota Labs Research on Fuel Technology.



  • Joined Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) as Chemist in 1952 and served as Superintendent Chemicals from1961 to 1970.

  • In charge of Fertilizer Plant, Briquetting & Carbonization Plant, Clay washing Plant and Central Laboratory.

Dr CVS Ratnam With Dignitaries

Photo: Courtesy NLCI Archive

​Managing Director of National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) from 1970 to 1978.​

At National Research Development Corporation office, New Delhi.

  • United Nations (UN) for 6 years in the area of  Technology Development and technology Transfer from 1978 to 1984.


Dr. CVS Ratnam is the only one from India  to receive the prestigious Sioux Award - 1970. 

The Sioux Award for Distinguished  Achievement & Leadership is the highest honor given by the UND. Alumni Association & Foundation for achievement, service and loyalty. Since its inception in 1962, this  distinguished award has been presented to leaders in government and business,  high achievers in various professions  and alumni who have dedicated their lives in service to others.

Who's Who in the World:

The Marquis who’s who publications board certifies Chaluvadi V.S. Ratnam is a subject of biological record in Who’s Who in the World fourth edition 1978/1979

Professional Societies

List of professional societies and activities in Civic, Public or International Affairs


  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers (India), 

  • Member, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, 

  • Member, and President of Bangalore Society of R&D Managers in India, 

  • Member Indian Chemical Society, 

  • Associate member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers,

  • Associate Member, Society of Sigma XI, 

  • Member, American Chemical Society

  • Founder member and Founder President of RMV (Rajamahal Vilas) Welfare Society  

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