Noted Tamil writer Sujatha, who was also one of the designers of the electronic voting machine, has died in Chennai. He was 72.
The prolific writer suffered form renal disorder and died on Wednesday night at a private hospital. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
Born on May 3, 1935 as S Rangarajan, he grew up in the temple town of Srirangam and studied at St Joseph's College in Tiruchirapally.
He was an engineer and worked as a government servant in New Delhi for a long time. He later worked for Bharat Electronics.
He adopted the nom de plume Sujatha when he began writing fiction. He authored more than 100 books, penned popular columns in Ananda Vikatan and Kanaiyazhi magazines.
He also wrote screenplays for the films Uyire and Pirivom Sandhippom.
His science books have been released as separate publications called En, Etharku, Eppadi and Athisaya Ulagam.
He was also one of the chief designers of the electronic voting machines that India uses for elections today.