Dilip Bhawalkar obtained his BSc (1959) and MSc (Physics) (1961) from Sagar University, after which he earned a Masters in Electronics (1963) and PhD in Lasers Physics (1966) from Southampton University. He joined Southampton as a Lecturer but returned to Indian to join the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in 1967. He headed the Laser Division, a BARC, the largest R&D programme on lasers and their applications in India. When Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) decided to establish a new research centre for R&D in particle accelerators, lasers, etc., he was appointed as its first Director (1987). After retirement (2003) he established Quantalase Enterprises Pvt Ltd to manufacture lasers and laser- based instruments for R&D and continues to be a Director of that company.
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