Dr. Anil Kakodkar has worked on the development of the atomic energy programme in India throughout his professional life. The focus of his work has been on the self-reliant development of nuclear reactor systems to address the Indian programme requirements. Dr Anil Kakodkar has been a key contributor to India’s strategic programme. He was amongst the chosen few involved in the first successful Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Experiment that India conducted on May 18, 1974, at Pokhran. And later, he played a key role in the series of successful Nuclear Tests conducted in May 1998, again at Pokhran. The comprehensive and robust programme under Dr Kakodkar’s leadership has earned India a distinctive status as a country with advanced nuclear technology.