Prof. Atul Kumar, a synthetic organic chemist, is Professor/Sr. Principal Scientist at Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research(AcSIR) Central Drug Research institute (CSIR-CDRI) at Lucknow, India. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of Padma Shri in 2007.
Kumar has a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, and did his Post-doctoral work at the State University of New York, (SUNY) College at Buffalo.
Kumar's most cited work has been on the synthesis of polyhydroquinoline derivatives. His papers on Synthesis of polyhydroquinoline derivatives through unsymmetric Hantzsch reactions  and  have been cited 195 and 94 times respectively. 
Dr Atul Kumar is an recipient of Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) OPPI Scientist Award. He is a member of the Global Advisory committee of SciFinder –Chemical Abastracts Services (CAS) A division of the American Chemical Society(ACS). He is the author of over 90 research papers and 45 Patents.
- "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
- Official website at CSIR
- A Kumar, RA Maurya, "Synthesis of polyhydroquinoline derivatives through unsymmetric Hantzsch reaction using organocatalysts A Tetrahedron Volume 63, Issue 9, 26 February 2007, Pages 1946–1952
- "Bakers’ yeast catalyzed synthesis of polyhydroquinoline derivatives via an unsymmetrical Hantzsch reaction" Tetrahedron Letters Volume 48, Issue 22, 28 May 2007, Pages 3887–3890
- Dr Atul Kumar - Google Scholar Citations
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