Renowned physicist Bikash Sinha passes away

Sinha served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India

Bikash Sinha, an Indian physicist celebrated for his contributions to nuclear and high-energy physics breathed his last on August 11, at the age of 78. A distinguished academician in the field of nuclear physics, Sinha was honored with the Padma Shri award in 2001, followed by the prestigious Padma Bhushan in 2010.  

PM Narendra Modi, expressing his grief said, “Bikash Sinha will be remembered for his monumental contribution towards science, especially in the field of nuclear physics and high energy physics. His passion towards furthering a vibrant research ecosystem was noteworthy. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on X, formerly Twitter, expressed her deep condolences, writing, “Saddened to know about the untimely demise of the great scientist Bikash Sinha. An illustrious son of Bengal, this talented nuclear physicist made us proud by his contributions to not only the world of knowledge but also ongoing public life. We could confer on him our highest state award 'Bangabibhushan' in 2022, and his presence on the dais inspired us. We could give him 'Rabindra Smriti Purashkar' too in 2022. I convey my sincerest condolences to his family, friends, students, and admirers.

 Sinha's academic pursuit with Physics began at Presidency College, Kolkata, following which he attended King's College, Cambridge. Upon his return to India, he joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, in Mumbai. Notably, he served as the Director of the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, where he played a pivotal role in advancing research and innovation.

Sinha was honored with the S.N. Bose Birth Centenary Award and served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors at the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur. He was nominated as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India in January 2005 and was re-elected in 2009.