India's nuclear safety pioneer and former member Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) P N Krishnamoorthy passed away following brief illness, family sources said on Saturday. He was 82.
Krishnamoorthy, popularly known as 'PNK' breathed his last in Mumbai on November 16.
A close associate of Dr Homi Bhabha, Krishnamoorthy served the Board with distinction during its formative years and contributed significantly in establishing robust and well laid out procedures to assist the nascent organisation in its decision making process.
The senior scientist organised a complete survey of the protective measures in place in Indian medical institutions and submitted paper at the Second UN Conference on Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, Geneva in 1958. Effective follow up measures led to significant reduction of radiation doses to workers in those institutions.
"While serving as a Consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA), Krishnamoorthy, co-authored the Health Physics Addendum (July 1960) with G J Appleton of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. This was the first Addendum to the Manual on Safe Handling of Radioisotopes, the first operational safety standard issued by the IAEA," Dr K S Parthasarathy, Former Secretary of AERB told PTI.