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Former TERI chief RK Pachauri dies at 79

Pachauri was admitted to Escorts Heart Institute in the national capital where he underwent open heart surgery and was put on life support on Tuesday.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2020 23:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Former TERI chief R K Pachauri died on Thursday after prolonged cardiac ailment.
Former TERI chief R K Pachauri died on Thursday after prolonged cardiac ailment.(File photo)

R K Pachauri, a former chief of The Energy and Resources Institute, passed away on Thursday after a prolonged cardiac ailment, TERI Director General Ajay Mathur said. Pachauri was 79.

“It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing away of R K Pachauri, the founder Director of TERI. The entire TERI family stands with the family of Dr Pachauri in this hour of grief,” Mathur said in a statement issued by the TERI.

Pachauri was the chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) between 2002 and 2015. The panel was awarded with the Nobel Peace prize during Pachauri’s tenure in 2007.

“TERI is what it is because of Dr Pachauri’s untiring perseverance. He played a pivotal role in growing this institution, and making it a premier global organisation in the sustainability space,” said Mathur, who succeeded Pachauri at TERI in 2015.

In the statement issued by TERI, its Chairman Nitin Desai hailed Pachauri’s contribution to global sustainable development as “unparalleled”.

Pachauri was admitted to Escorts Heart Institute in the national capital where he underwent open heart surgery and was put on life support on Tuesday, sources said.

In 2015, Pachauri was accused of allegedly sexually harassing a woman colleague after which he quit the post.

Born on August 20, 1940 in Nainital, Pachauri studied at Lucknow’s La Martiniere College and at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar. He later went to the United States and studied Industrial Engineering and also obtained a PhD degree with co-majors in Industrial Engineering and Economics.

He started his career with the Indian Railways Varanasi.

Pachauri was a strict vegetarian.

Pachauri was one of the most respected voices on climate change and had been at the forefront of the drive to convince global economies to pledge to ambitious targets to limit carbon emissions in time to avoid a climate tipping point. It was during his leadership that IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore for their efforts to “build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”