K. P. P. Nambiar, Indian industrialist, Died at 86

K. P. P. Nambiar was born on April 15, 1929, in India and died on June 30, 2015, in Bengaluru.

He was an Indian industrialist.

K. P. P. Nambiar graduated from Pachayyappa’s College in Madras where he studied Physics. In 1951, he joined the Imperial College of Science & Technology, University of London for higher studies in Transistors and Semi-Conductors.

His parents were P. P. Chindan Nambiar and K. P. Madhavi Amma.

K. P. P. began his career as a research scholar in semi-conductor technology at Imperial College from 1954 to 1957.

He worked for Texas Instruments, USA., after he graduated.

Nambiar returned to India, as a part of the Scientist pool scheme initiated by Late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to bring back talented Indians working abroad, in 1963

Nambiar was a “Scientist Pool Officer” under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

He taught modern semiconductor electronics in the Electrical Engineering Department of the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Nambiar joined Philips India as Manager of Projects, in 1964.

In the early 70s, he received an invitation from Kerala Government to set up an electronics manufacturing firm in Kerala.

Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (KELTRON) was formed with K. P. P. Nambiar as its first chairman and managing director.

He remained in that position till 1983 when he was made the Executive chairman till his retirement in 1985.

In 1986, K.P.P. Nambiar was appointed the Secretary, Department of Electronics of Government of India (now the Ministry of IT) by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Nambiar retired from Government in 1989.

In 1989, Nambiar served as the Honorary Special Advisor to The Kerala Government.

Nambiar was also instrumental in the launching of a joint venture company Bowthorpe Thermometrics India (P) Limited, with Bowthorpe of UK and Namtech Consultants (P) Limited to manufacture Thermisters (a temperature dependent Resistor), in 1996.

The Government of India awarded K. P. P. Nambiar with the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to the field of technology, in 2006.

His life in business was very eventfull, this was only a small part of what Nambiar had done.

K. P. P. Nambiar passed away at 86 years old due to a stroke.