Obituaries

The Obituaries listed on this page were added from year 2020 onward as a mark of tribute from the ASI community.

Prof. Shashikumar Chitre (07.05.1936 - 11.01.2021)

With deep sorrow we share the news that Indian astronomy has lost another stalwart, Professor Shashikumar (Kumar) Chitre, who passed away in Mumbai on 11 January 2021. A well respected and active member of the Astronomical Society of India, he served the Society, first as a Councillor during 1980-1982, and then as its President during 1992-1994.

Professor Shashikumar M. Chitre, a... Read more

Prof. Govind Swarup (23 March 1929 - 07 September 2020)

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing away of one of ASI’s founding members, Professor Govind Swarup. A global pioneer in radio astronomy, and a torch-bearer for building scientific capacity in independent India, Prof. Swarup passed away in Pune on 7 September 2020 after a short illness. He is widely regarded as the person responsible for making India one of the world's... Read more

Prof. Kanakatte Nanjundarao Nagendra (1955 - 2020)

The eminent Indian theoretical astrophysicist Prof. K. N. Nagendra unexpectedly passed away on 6 March 2020 due to cardiac arrest. He was one of the main contributors to the advancement of the field of solar polarization with his many profound contributions to the theory of polarized radiative transfer.

He built up a group of brilliant young students, who now have become established... Read more