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Dr. A. Ratnakar

Dr. Aspari Ratnakar (24th December 1941) was the first Librarian of Raman Research Institute. He is one of the well known Library and Information Scientist in India.

Early Years and Education

Dr. Ratnakar was born on 24th December 1941 to Late A. Nanjunda Rao and Late Parvathamma at Bangalore, Karnataka. He had his school education at Bangalore. He graduated from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore University with a B.Sc degree in 1966. He acquired BLib Sc from University of Mysore, Mysore in 1968. Further he went on to acquire Associateship of Documentation & Reprography in 1970 from Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. Dr Ratnakar acquired Doctorate degree from Dharwad University, Karnataka in 1992.


Dr. Ratnakar began his Career at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He worked there at the Library as Assistant Librarian from 1970- 1973. He Joined Raman Research Institute as Librarian in 1973. He was on deputation to Confederation of Indian Industries during August 1994 – July 1996. He retired from RRI in 1999.

Scientific Work

Dr. Ratnakar had his contribution to the technical processing of documents at the beginning of his career. He was responsible in bringing out a bi-monthly service called “Science and Society” for current information at Indian Institute of Science. He had the opportunity to interact with students and researchers to know more about their information needs.

The library at RRI when he joined mostly consisted of Sir C V Raman’s personal collection of books and journals. At Raman Research Institute as the first Librarian he got ample opportunity and responsibility to build a strong library support service to researchers. He discharged this responsibility by bringing the library under one roof which was otherwise distributed in different set ups. New Library building was built under his supervision. In addition to building collection relevant for the research in different groups, Preprints collection, a main source of information for Astronomers and Astrophysics was developed. Contacts were established with various libraries located in the observatories, university departments and research institutions across the world and preprints exchange was facilitated. A fortnightly bulletin “Current Awareness Service in Astronomy and Astrophysics” was also initiated. Under his supervision RRI library compiled a cumulative author index for all the volumes of “Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals”, an important journal which lacked index and Gordon & Breach Publishers brought it out as a special number. He also initiated the compilation of the publications of RRI during the period 1948 – June 1988 as “Memoirs of Raman Research Institute”. Computerisation of the library catalogue was undertaken using LIBSYS software under his supervision. He established good rapport with local libraries resulting in networking amongst libraries. This enabled smooth Inter Library Lending and interaction. He retired from RRI in 1999.


Dr. Ratnakar was the British Council Fellow in 1988 and Senior Fulbright Scholar in 1989.


Dr. Ratnakar is the life member of Astronomical Society of India, Karnataka State Library Association, Indian Association for Special Libraries and Information Centres and Indian Library Association.


Interacting with friends and colleagues, reading biographies, watching sports are the hobbies of Dr Ratnakar.

Born 24th December 1941
Bangalore, India
Field: Library & Information Science
Institutions Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
Alma mater Bangalore University

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