Noted scientist Pushpa Mitra Bhargava who returned Padma Bhushan passes away
Bhargava, who founded Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, returned his Padma Bhushan award to the NDA government in 2015, expressing concern over the ‘climate of intolerance’.india Updated: Aug 01, 2017 20:34 IST
Noted scientist Dr Pushpa Mitra Bhargava, who was also the founder-director of Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), passed away at his residence in Uppal on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Tuesday, following a brief illness. He was 89.
Bhargava is survived by his son Mohit and daughter Vaneetha.
Known for his scientific temper and rational thinking, Bhargava returned his Padma Bhushan, awarded to him in 1986, to the NDA government in 2015, expressing concern over the “climate of intolerance” and “the ways in which science and reason was getting eroded in the country”.
He had said that he was pained over “RSS people” attending a meeting of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research labs. He was critical of the government’s decision to reduce funding of the CSIR labs.
Born in Ajmer, Bhargava was a doctorate in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Lucknow and moved to Hyderabad to work with the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and then Osmania University. He played a pivotal role in setting up CCMB in 1977.
In a statement, the staff of CCMB expressed their condolences to his family members. They said Bhargava had interests in fields ranging from science to arts and culture.
According to the CCMB officials, Bhargava remained concerned about social issues, particularly related to the impact of science on India and the world. “His extraordinary energy and commitment will continue to always inspire us in or future endeavours and he will be greatly missed,” CCMB staff in a statement said.