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Biography

Lord Professor Kumar Bhattacharyya, CBE is an engineer, educator and government advisor.

After attaining an MSc in Engineering Production and Management and a PhD in Engineering Production, he became Professor of Manufacturing Systems at the University of Warwick and founded the Warwick Manufacturing Group. He has been director of the Warwick Manufacturing Group since its inception.

As an academic he has played a prominent role in raising the status of engineering and manufacturing in the UK. In 1998 he was awarded the Mensforth International Gold Medal by the Institution of Electrical Engineers for making an outstanding international contribution to manufacturing engineering and management. He has been awarded numerous other awards, including honorary doctorates from the University of Birmingham and his alma mater in India, IIT Kharagpur.

Kumar Bhattacharyya served as a member of UK Council for Science and Technology, the National Consumer Council and Advantage West Midlands, the Regional Development Agency. Professor Bhattacharyya advises the government of South Africa on science and technology policy and is a past member of the board of Transnet, South Africa's state-owned transport business.

He was appointed CBE in 1997 and knighted in 2003. In January 2002 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India. In 2004, he was made a life peer.