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Elected in 1988

“For contributions to the field of materials science and engineering and to the advancement of electronic materials.”


PRAVEEN CHAUDHARI, an innovator in the field of thin films and high-temperature superconductors, died on January 13, 2010, at his home in Briarcliff Manor, New York. Dr. Chaudhari joined IBM in 1966 and became vice-president of science in 1982. After retiring from IBM in 2003, he became director of Brookhaven National Laboratory, a position he held until 2006.

Praveen was born on November 30, 1937, in Ludhiana, India, where he lived through the scarring times of the Indian partition and witnessed the bloodshed of the 1947 riots. Sent to boarding school, reputably because of his tendency to go fishing during school hours, he began his path to a professional career. In 1961 he received his bachelor’s degree in metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Technology, in Kharagpur, and then in 1966 his doctoral degree in metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His thesis topic, under advisor Michael Bever, was on irradiation defects in bismuth telluride.

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