K. M. Nair

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K. M. Nair
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Born(1936-05-13)May 13, 1936
Ramapuram (near Kayamkulam), India
Died2014 (aged 77–78)
Kerala, India

K. M. Nair, full name Keerikad Madhavan Nair (1936 – 2014) was a geoscientist who published over 30 papers.[1] He was passionate about geology and the environment. He spent most of his professional life, as well as his retirement, in conducting research and initiating studies relating to the environment.


Early life[edit]

He was born in Ramapuram (near Kayamkulam), Kerala, and was the last among his eight siblings from the ancestral home of Asanparambil. He received his Master of Science in Geology from Jammu University in 1958 and Ph.D. from Osmania University in 1977. The dissertation topic for his Ph.D. was Sedimentology of Carbonates in Cauvery Basin.

Professional life[edit]

During his early career, he worked as a petroleum exploration geologist in Kerala, Assam, West Bengal, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. In 1980, he moved to Nigeria where he worked as a lecturer in the University of Ilorin and also took part in geoscience research work. He then worked as a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sedimentary Petroghraper advising the government of Belize (Central America) in 1984.

He returned to India in 1988 and joined Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) as a Chief Geologist. He was involved in the study of Western Offshore Sedimentary Basins during his term.

In 1992, he became the Director of National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS), Trivandrum. He initiated research programs such as river basin studies with a focus on sand mining, and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Pampa Irrigation Project. He was also involved in studies of seismology, and landslides and coastal areas.

Between 1998 and 2009, he was a full-time environmental researcher and implemented projects such as:

He then became the Director, Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust, where he initiated research projects such as:

After retirement, he continued his passion for research and implemented projects such as:


  1. ^ Kyth, Thrivikramji (2014). [1].Publisher: SCRID.com