W. Selvamurthy, Chief Controller (Life Sciences and Human Resource), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has been chosen for the DRDO’s Technology Leadership Award for 2008 instituted by the DRDO.
Dr. Selvamurthy will receive this award for his contribution to biomedical sciences, leading to the development of various life-support technologies that culminated in increasing the fighting efficiency of the armed forces at high altitudes such as Siachen.
The award will be presented to him by Defence Minister A.K. Antony on February 23 at a function in New Delhi.
The award citation says Dr. Selvamurthy’s recent path-breaking research — application of nitric oxide and oxygen for treating high altitude pulmonary oedema, has saved more than 500 soldiers’ lives. He developed a new prophylactic method of using carbozen gas for protection against noise-induced loss of hearing among the crew of battleships and battle tanks.
“His outstanding research and development contributions in biomedical sciences have immensely benefitted not only the armed forces but have provided valuable spin-offs to the society at large,” the citation adds.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh and the citation.