Renowned Indian scientist Professor Yash Pal dies at 90
The science programme he hosted on Doordarshan, 'Turning Point', turned him into a cult figure during the 90s. Photograph: (ANI)
Renowned Indian scientist and Padma Vibhushan awardee Professor Yash Pal died Tuesday morning at his home in Noida.
He was 90.
Pal gained worldwide repute for his contribution to the study of cosmic rays, and in India for being an "institution builder".
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1976 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2013.
He was also thought of as a "science communicator".
The science programme he hosted on Doordarshan, "Turning Point’, turned him into a cult figure during the 90s.
Pal had a long and illustrious career.
He started out as a professor with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai.
Between 1973 and 81, he served as director of the Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad.
From 1983-84, he served as chief consultant to the Planning Commission.
From 1984 to 86, he served as Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology.
Pal later went on to become chairman of the University Grants Commission, serving one term of five years.
Pal was born in 1926 in Jhang in what is now Pakistan.
He graduated in Physics in 1949 from Punjab University, later getting his PhD in 1958 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.