Bengaluru: Noted space scientist and Padmavibhushan honored Prof. Roddam Narasimha died here on Monday night. He was 87. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.
Family members of the late scientist said that Prof. Narasimha was suffering from a cardiac ailment and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital where he breathed his last last night.
Born on July 20, 1933, Prof Narasimha made a mark in the field of aerospace and as a fluid dynamicist. He taught Aerospace Engineering at the IISc from 1962 to 1999. He also served as the director of the National Aerospace Laboratories from 1984 to 1993. He was the chairperson of the Engineering Mechanics unit at the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in Bengaluru from 2000 to 2014.
Considering his contribution, the central government bestowed on him Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of India, in 2013. According to his family friends, Narasimha was in the league of the Missile Man of India and former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.
Dr Kalam and Prof Narasimha had together authored a book – “Developments in Fluid Mechanics and Space Technology”. He was also a good friend of eminent scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee Dr C N R Rao. He was the student of Indian rocket scientist Prof Satish Dhawan.
His family members said the last rites will be performed on Tuesday.