A Professionally qualified chemist, R. Raghavan graduated from the University of Madras. He holds a Ph.D in Chemistry from Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur and received professional metallurgical engineering qualification (AMIIM) from Indian Institute of Metals, Kolkata.He has been associated with Hindustan Zine Limited, and with Non-ferrous Materials Technology Development Centre, an autonomous R & D Centre at Hyderabad.The author has published a book on Chemical Analysis in Non-ferrous Extractive Metallurgy and as well as 45 papers in national and international journals of repute in the field of process metallurgy and chemical analysis. He is a Chartered Chemist (CChem) from The Royal Society of Chemistry, London and an active member of various international bodies including The Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC). ASTM International, USA, Indian Society of Analytical Scientists (ISAS). Bombay, Indian Institute of Metals (IIM). Kolkata. He was associated with Indian Institute of Metals-Udaipur Chapter as Joint Secretary. He is presently Vice President of Royal Society of Chemistry, Chennai Region.He has been empanelled as one of the Technical Assessors with National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and Chief Advisor to Nonferrous Metallurgical Research Foundation, Chennai.