Paul Ratnasamy obtained the BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from Madras University. His doctoral thesis dealt with the catalytic properties of alumina-based materials. He also received Diploma in Industrial Administration and Management from British Institute of Commerce (1975). After a year and half of postdoctoral research at Clarkson College of Technology, New York, USA, he worked at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium (1969-72). Thereafter, he worked at the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun (1972-79), moved to National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune and worked there as Head, Catalysis Division (1980-95), Director of the Laboratory (1995-2002) and INSA and Ramanujan Research Professor.
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