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Renowned Physicist Prof. Thanu Padmanabhan Dies Of Heart Attack

Web Desk(TVM)Updated: Friday Sep 17, 2021

Pune : Renowned physicist Thanu Padmanabhan has died following a heart attack. He was 62. The cardiac arrest occurred at his Pune residence and though rushed to a hospital, Dr. Thanu died shortly after.

Dr. Thanu Padmanabhan was Dean of the Academic Department at Pune Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics. For his distinguished professional track, Dr. Thanu
Padmanabhan was conferred with the Kerala Science Award – the highest state government honour for scientists.

Dr. Thanu was bornin in 1957 in Thiruvananthapuram and did his BSc and MSc from the University College with gold medal. He published his first research paper relating to relativity at age 20 while still a final year student for BSC and later secured his PHd in 1983 from TIFR, Mumbai.

Dr. Thanu’s notable works includes "After The First Three Minutes, Theoretical Astrophysics and  An Invitation to Astrophysics". He has also co-authored a book , Gravity Gauge Theories and Cosmology with Jayant Narker. The book was translated in Malayalam by Kerala Sasrasahitya Parishad.

Wife : Dr. Vasanthi Padmanabhan.