Nuclear scientist, former chairman of AEC, Sekhar Basu dies of Covid-19

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Veteran atomic scientist and former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Dr Sekhar Basu succumbed to Covid-19 early on Thursday at a personal hospital right here, a health division official stated.

He breathed his last simply three days after turning 68.

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“Dr Basu was affected by Covid-19 and different kidney illnesses. He died at 4.50 am,” the official advised PTI.

A mechanical engineer, Dr Basu is revered for his contributions to the nation’s atomic vitality programme. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2014.

He had additionally pioneered the extremely advanced reactor for India’s first nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mourned the demise of Dr Basu and prolonged her condolences to his family.

“Grieved to listen to in regards to the passing away of veteran nuclear scientist and former Atomic Energy Commission chairman, Dr Sekhar Basu. My condolences to his family and colleagues,” she tweeted.

Describing Dr Basu’s loss of life as an “premature loss”, eminent physicist and Padma Bhushan-recipient Bikash Sinha stated “the nation misplaced an exquisite engineer and a gentleman”.

“I might say he left us at a comparatively younger age. He still had much more to contribute. He was an ingenious engineer who performed very onerous for our nuclear programme.”

Basu additionally did a superb job for the nuclear-powered submarine. We are going to overlook a superb man,” Sinha (75), the previous director of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, stated.

Born on September 20, 1952, Dr Basu did his education from the town’s Ballygunge Government School after which graduated in mechanical engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), University of Mumbai, in 1974.

After finishing a yr’s coaching in nuclear science and engineering on the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) School, he joined its Reactor Engineering Division in 1975.

He had additionally performed because the venture director of the Nuclear Submarine Programme at BARC, earlier than taking on as its director in 2012.

Dr Basu was additionally the mind behind designing, development and operation of nuclear recycle vegetation at Tarapur and Kalpakkam.

He performed a key position within the growth of the Indian Neutrino Observatory at Tamil Nadu.

The atomic scientist was conferred the Indian Nuclear Society Award in 2002.

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