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Scientist Raja Ramanna no more

September 24, 2004 00:13 IST
Last Updated: September 24, 2004 01:00 IST


Raja Ramanna

Dr Raja Ramanna, a stalwart of India's nuclear programme who was associated with the country's first nuclear test in 1974, died in Mumbai on Thursday of intestine problem. He was 79 and is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

Ramanna had been admitted to Bombay Hospital on Tuesday. His end came at 1930 IST, his personal assistant Ramakrishna said. He was 'feeling all right this morning but breathed his last in the evening'.

The eminent scientist was heading the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre when India carried out its first nuclear test in Pokhran in 1974.

He has served as director-general of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and as scientific adviser to the defence minister.

He was the Union minister of state for defence from January to November 1990. In 1997, he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

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In recognition of his services, he was appointed director emeritus of the Bangalore-based National Institute of Advanced Studies, which he headed earlier. He was honoured with the Padmashri, Padmabhushan and Padmavibhushan awards.

He had a deep interest in music and even penned a book on the subject: The Structure of Music in Raga and Western Systems

President A P J Abdul Kalam, who was in Aurangabad to attend a function, is expected to head for Mumbai to pay his respects.


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Sub: A fond farewell to Scientist Dr. Raja Ramanna !

He served the nation with dignity and pride. We humbly salute the noble soul. We pray for strength for the members of his family.


Posted by Dr. Cajetan Coelho





Sub: Do not eulogise him

Mr.Ramanna deserves respect.But do not eulogise him as a 'genius' or any such words.As a matter of fact,he has done a governing work.Not a scientific ...


Posted by Bhanu Prasad





Sub: Great loss

It's great loss to the nation. The contribution of Dr. Ramanna is unforgettable. I salute this great son of soil.


Posted by Mohd Azad





Sub: Dr.Rajaramana

This day has to come to all of us. He lived a long spell of life and made graet contributions in science and technology. Persons ...


Posted by S S Verma





Sub: SALAM!!!

Bharat Man ke sapoot Tujhe SALAM!!!


Posted by asifawwal




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