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Prof. Ramaseshan passes away

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Bangalore Dec. 29. S. Ramaseshan, former Director of the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, died at his residence here today. He was 80. He is survived by wife, Kausalya, granddaughter of the Right Honourable V.S. Srinivasa Sastry, and three daughters.

In his 50-year career, Prof. Ramaseshan, nephew of the late Sir C.V. Raman, served as Director of the IISc (1981-84), President of the Indian Academy of Sciences (1983-85), and Honorary Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Raman Research Institute (1984-2003).

He also taught at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and was Professor and Head of the Department of Physics (1962-66).Sivaraj Ramaseshan, born in Calcutta, studied at Nagpur University and was a faculty-student at the IISc.

He was credited with developing the materials sciences division at the National Aerospace Laboratories.

The awards won by him included the S.S. Bhatnagar Award (1966), the Vasvik Award (1980), the INSA Aryabhata Medal (1985), and the Padma Bhushan. His main work was in X-ray crystallography, optics, condensed matter physics, and materials science.

According to the Indian Academy of Sciences' website, Prof. Ramaseshan "established the first high-pressure laboratory" in the country and the "first materials science laboratory". He "designed and fabricated the first nutation damper for India's satellite Aryabhata; the FRP porous tubes for desalination; and materials and processes for India's first heart valve prosthesis," the website said.

Prof. Ramaseshan co-authored an illustrated biography of his Nobel Laureate uncle with C.V. Raman himself and C. Ramachandra Rao. He also edited two books on the "Scientific papers of C.V. Raman."

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