Obituaries

As tribute from the ASI community this page lists the Obituaries circulated since the start of the year 2020.

Prof. Rajesh Kochhar (26 October 1946 - 13 March 2022)

Professor Rajesh Kumar Kochhar passed away in Chandigarh on 13 March 2022, aged 75 years. An ‘astrophysicist turned historian of science’ as he described himself, Kochhar has published well-researched books: Astronomy in India (jointly with J.V. Narlikar, INSA, 1993, 1995), The Vedic People (Orient BlackSwan, 2000), English Education in India, 1715-1835 (Routledge, 2021) and Sanskrit and... Read more

Prof. Chandrakant Shukre (15 June 1947 - 7 January, 2022) (L0263)

We are deeply saddened by Chandrakant Shukre's untimely demise in the early hours of 7th January, 2022. He leaves behind his wife, Vijaya and his son Satyajit.

Shukre (as he was generally known) was born on June 15, 1947 in Nagpur, India. After completing his B.Sc in mathematics from Nagpur University in 1964, he obtained his MSc in Physics from IIT Bombay. He then did his PhD in... Read more

Baba Anthony Varghese 1957 - 2020 (L0779)

Baba Anthony Varghese (hear-after Baba) was Born October 22, 1957 in Bombay presently known as Mumbai. His father was working in Indian Meteorological department (IMD) and passed away when Baba was 8 years old. Soonafter they moved to Bangalore where he continued his studies. Undeterred by his physical inabilities he continued his education, completed under graduation in 1978 and post-... Read more

Prof. Thanu Padmanabhan (10 March, 1957 – 17 September, 2021) (L0956)

Remembering Paddy

Professor Thanu Padmanabhan, known affectionately as Paddy, passed away on September 17, 2021, at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India. He had joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India, as a faculty member in 1980, before moving to IUCAA in 1992, where he stayed till his untimely demise... Read more

Dr. Nandivada Rathnasree (26 November, 1963 - 09 May, 2021) (L2277)

The Astronomical Society of India deeply mourns the tragic demise of Dr. Nandivada Rathnasree. An avid Astronomy communicator and accomplished pulsar astronomer, she was pivotal in most astronomy outreach projects of ASI in the last two decades. When ASI formally set up its Public Outreach and Education Committee (POEC) in 2014, Rathnasree was the unanimous choice to be its first chair and she... Read more

Dr. Anil Kumar Pandey ( November 8 1958 - 23 April 2021 ) (L0530)

ARIES family is deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Dr. Anil Kumar Pandey, former Director of ARIES, Nainital. He passed away in the early hours of April 23, 2021 in Haldwani. He is survived by his wife, mother and son.

Dr Anil Kumar Pandey completed his M.Sc. from Kumaun University, Nainital in 1979 and thereafter joined Uttar Pradesh State Observatory in 1980 as a scientific... Read more

Mr. Suresh Chandra Tapde (18 February 1940 – 26 March 2021) (L2022)

Last month (26th March 2021) we lost a highly accomplished ASI member, Mr. Suresh Chandra Tapde. Mr. Tapde's contributions to post independence communication and astronomy initiatives in India are immense and lie in the field of engineering. He played key roles in building the first large indigenous radio antenna (a 30 m antenna in 1977), the largest indigenously built optical (the 2.3 m... Read more

Prof. Shashikumar Chitre (07.05.1936 - 11.01.2021) (L0191)

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) (L0117)

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) (L0490)

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