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Renowned Space Scientist And Academic Yash Pal Dies At 90

Eminent Indian scientist and academician Professor Yash Pal passed away at his residence in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida district late Monday night.

The 90-year-old scientist had earlier battled with lung cancer and overcame the disease around five years ago.

He was admitted in hospital due to age-old ailments at the time of his death.

Professor Pal was born in 1926 in Jhang district of Pakistan.

He won Padma Bhushan award in the year 1976.

He did his graduation in physics from Punjab university in 1949 and completed his PhD in 1958 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology .

He gained recognition because of his contribution in the study of cosmic rays.

His science-based programme on Doordarshan titled ‘Turning Point’ made him a cult figure during the 90s.

He had held the position of professor at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai.

He also served as the Director at Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad for almost nine years, between 1973 and 1981.

He was appointed as the Chairman of UGC where he served a full single-term of five years. 

During his term, Professor Pal started several innovative programmes to improve the standard of education.

Owing of his achievements in the fields of science and academics, Professor Yash Pal was awarded the Macroni International Fellowship Award in 1980.

Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) bestowed on him the prestigious GP Chatterjee Memorial Award in 1987.

He was also honoured with the Association of Space Explorers Award in 1989.

In 2013, Professor Yash Pal was given the country’s second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan.



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