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Noted scientist Asima Chatterjee dies

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Nov 22 (UNI) Eminent scientist Dr Asima Chatterjee died here today after protracted illness. She was 89.

Dr Chatterjee, born in 1917 and the first winner of the presitigious Shantiswarup Bhatnaga award, was admitted to a city nursing home last week after sudden deterioration of her health condition.

Known for her remarkable contribution to the growth and advancement of science in India and abroad, Dr Chatterjee had worked tirelessly throughout her life for the advancement of science and published more than 400 research papers in a number of world famous science journals all across the globe.

She was also closely associated with the Indian Science Congress for a long time and became its general president in 1975 at its 62nd session.

A receipient of numerous awards, including the Ashutosh Mukherjee Memorial award for her very rich contribution in popularising science and scientific work for the common people, Dr Chatterjee was well respected and admired by all.

As the news of her death spread, large number of people, including her students and admirers, visited the nursing home to pay their homage to the departed scientist.

Among others, City Mayor Bikassh Ranjan Bhattacharyya nd state Tourism Minister Manab Mukherjee paid floral tributes and described her death as an irreparable national loss.

Before cremation her body was taken to Rajabazar Science College and Indian Science Congress Association to enable more people to pay their respect.


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