Shashikumar Madhusudan Chitre

Renowned astrophysicist Professor Shashikumar Madhusudan Chitre passed away on Monday. Mr. Chitre was admitted to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Mumbai, and he breathed his last on Monday at the age of 84.

Professor Chitre was honored with Padma Bhushan in 2012 by The Government of India for his contribution to science. 

He was a great mathematician and astrophysicist renowned for his research in Astronomy and Astrophysics. He was a graduate of Elphinstone College, Mumbai. In 1959, Professor Chitre joined Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge, and graduated again.

In 1963, he started his career as a Lecturer at the University of Leeds and in 2001 he retired from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. 

His scientific research was based on solar physics, astrophysics, and gravitational lensing, and he extensively researched the topics of solar physics including the Sun’s magnetic activity cycle, the solar dynamo theory, and the role of neutrinos in the solar atmosphere.

Prime Minister Modi expressed condolence on his death and said that he will forever be remembered for his contributions to science. 

“Saddened to hear of the demise of Professor Shashikumar Chitre. He will be remembered for his work in astrophysics and subjects like solar physics, gravitational lensing, and science education. His valuable work will continue inspiring students in the times to come. Om Shanti.” tweeted Prime minister Modi. 

He also had key contributions behind the foundation of the University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS) in the Kalina campus of the university.


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