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Will be missed

 


Dr. Raja Ramanna
10
July 1926 - 24 September 2004
(Photo K L Kamat)

Dr Raja Ramanna, the nuclear scientist, died aged 78 following a heart attack, on September 24, 2004. He was the man behind India's first atomic test thirty years ago.

Born in Bangalore, he graduated in science from Madras Christian College and completed his PhD in physics at King's College London.  In 1949 he joined the Indian nuclear science programme under the leadership of Dr Homi Bhabha.

Ramanna  headed the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai  for two periods (1972-78 and 1981-83). He was also chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission, and secretary of the department of atomic energy from 1983 to 1987.


Dr. Ramanna's piano recital

"Ramanna was also a gifted musician, and could play the piano as dextrously as he could speak about atomic energy. Music was close to his heart, and one of the two books he wrote was The Structure Of Music In Raga And Western Systems (1993). The other was his autobiography, entitled Years Of Pilgrimage (1991)."

Ramanna was interested in Buddhist philosophy and remained director emeritus of the Bangalore-based National Institute of Advanced Studies until his last days.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

 

 

 



M S Subbulakshmi
16 September 1916 - 11 December 2004

Renowned Carnatic vocalist, M S Subbulakshmi passed on in Chennai on 12 December. She was 88.

Born in Madurai in 1916, Subbulakshmi was admitted to a private hospital recently, initially for a complaint of 'hyperglycemia' , and later for broncho pneumonia.

A Magsaysay award winner, Subbulakshmi also received the 'Bharat Ratna', India's highest civilian award, in 1996. She had also acted in a few Tamil films and was married to Sadasivam, a well known Congress figure, who died in 1997.

Well known for her benevolence, Subbulakshmi gave over 250 charity concerts in aid of schools, hospitals, temples across the country. She will be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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