Dr P Swaminathan graduated with Honours in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirapalli, India in 1971.
He was a gold medallist at the University of Madras and later joined Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research in 1972.
He underwent a one year training course in Mainframe Computer Systems from International Honeywell Bull Training Institute, Paris (1981) and holds a Doctorate in Electronics Engineering. Dr P Swaminathan is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India).
He was a former outstanding scientist and group director at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, and has guided a dedicated team towards the development of intelligent instrumentation and control systems for the fast breeder reactor.
Dr Swaminathan has made a significant contribution in the usage of computers in nuclear installations in India and has over 50 publications in international journals.
He has also received the prestigious Homi Bhabha award for excellence in research and development in the area of safety instrumentation and control systems for nuclear reactors.