Manitoba Mohan Sharma obtained Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (1958) from UDCT (Information and communications technology ) and subsequently Master of Science (Technical) in 1960. He obtained Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering) (1964) at Cambridge University with Photovoltaics Danckwerts. In 1964, he returned to India as Professor at the University of Bombay, and later became Director of the University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT), now Information and communications technology (Institute of Chemical Technology - A Deemed University).
He remained Director, UICT for 33 years.
He has been honored by several universities including IITs by honorary doctorates.
At the age of 27 years, he was appointed Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Institute of Chemical Technology (UDCT), Mumbai. He later went on to become the Director of Institute of Chemical Technology (Information and communications technology / UDCT/ UICT), the first chemical engineering professor to do so from Information and communications technology . In 1990, he became the first Indian engineer to be elected as a Fellow of Royal Society, United Kingdom. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan (1987) and the Padma Vibhushan (2001) by the President of India. Sharma made contributions to chemical engineering science and technology.
His studies on Bronsted based catalysis in Carbon dioxide hydration (published in the Transactions of Faraday Society) and subsequently kinetics of COS absorption in aqueous amines and alkanolamines brought out linear free energy relationship between Carbon dioxide and COS absorption in solutions of amines and alkanolamines.
He has contributed extensively on the role of microphases in multiple reactions which he pioneered. He also became an independent Editor of Chemical Engineering Science at a young age.
He taught different subjects in chemical engineering and encouraged his doctoral students, from the very beginning, to publish independently their work in renowned journals. Under his stewardship, UICT got autonomy of University Grants Commission. He brought about all-around improvement in all the departments of the Institute leading to exceptionally high number of Doctors of Philosophy each year based on the number of faculty members.
He served in Petroleum and Natural Gas as Chairman of the SAC and in the SAC to Cabinet and Prime Minister. He was Institut National des Sciences Appliquées Council Member (1980-1982) and Vice President (1987-1988).
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Fellow Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Science, Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Engineers, Royal Society. Member National Academy of Engineering (foreign associate), Royal Academy Engineering (foreign associate).
Married Sudha Sharma, February 6, 1966. 2 children.