He had tested positive for the virus and was 68 when he passed away

Veteran atomic scientist and former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Dr Sekhar Basu succumbed to COVID-19 early on Thursday at a private hospital in Kolkata. He was 68.

The 2014 Padma Shri recipient was suffering from COVID-19 and other kidney-related ailments, said officials. He passed away at 4:50 am at the hospital.

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Dr Basu is revered for his contributions to the country’s atomic energy program. He had also pioneered the highly complex reactor for India’s first nuclear-powered submarine named INS Arihant.

The scientist had several publications to his credit and was also conferred with the Indian Nuclear Society Award 2002 and DAE Awards in 2006 and 2007. Additionally, he was also a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and Indian Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ISNT).

Mega science projects involving Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) high energy Superconducting Accelerators, had got a major boost under the leadership of Dr Basu.

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