Remembering Prof. Dr. Shashikumar Chitre
A recipient of Padma Bhushan, he retired as a senior professor from TIFR in Mumbai in 2001. He was the driving force behind the establishment of UM-DAE CEBS in the Kalina campus of Mumbai University. He served on the boards of Nehru Centre trust as well as J N Tata Trust for a number of years. He was Visiting Faculty at many international institutions like Cambridge, Harvard etc. He was also passionate about science education and outreach and gave a large number of lectures in schools and colleges. Incidentally, he was the voice behind first ever show in Mumbai’s iconic Nehru Planetarium. He was a former president of Astronomical Society of India and was member of multiple committees in recent decades which shaped India’s science policy.
We would like to honour him by remembering his lecture “Is there intelligent life elsewhere in universe?”