By Online Desk

World-renowned physicist Professor Thanu Padmanabhan passed away on Friday. He was 64.

He suffered a heart attack and collapsed at his residence in Pune. Though he was rushed to the hospital, he could not be saved.

A distinguished professor at Pune’s Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics and a cosmologist, Professor Padmanabhan was selected for ‘Kerala Shastra Puraskaram’ 2021 last month. The award is institutionalised by the Kerala government to honour scientists from the state. 

“His research linking general relativity and thermodynamics in new ways, and in other areas, has been widely recognized. Scholar, communicator, extraordinary scientist, friend to many. He will be much missed,” said K Vijay Raghvan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.

He is survived by his wife Dr Vasanthi Padmanabhan and daughter Hamsa.