Former ISRO Chairman MGK Menon passes away

Nov 23, 2016 08:28 IST

MGK MenonRenowned physicist MGK Menon passed away on 22 November 2016. He was 88.

Menon had a major role in the development of science and technology in India over 50 years. One of his most important contributions was nurturing the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai.

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About MGK Menon

Menon studied at Jaswant College, Jodhpur, and the Royal Institute of Science, Bombay.

Later, he moved to the University of Bristol for his PhD in elementary particle physics under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Cecil F. Powell in 1953.

He undertook experiments with cosmic rays to explore the properties of fundamental particles.

He was keenly involved in setting up balloon flight experiments, as well as deep underground experiments with cosmic ray neutrinos in the mines at Kolar Gold Fields.

Between 1966 and 1975, he served as the President of the Indian Statistical Institute, President of the National Academy of Sciences, Director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Chairman Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Chairman Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad.

In May 1970, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 1970.

He served as the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation from January 1972 and September 1972.

In 2008, the asteroid 7564 Gokumenon was named in his honour.

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Who: Former ISRO Chairman MGK Menon

What: Died

When: 22 November 2016

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