Venkatraman Radhakrishnan

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Venkatraman Radhakrishnan

Born:18 May 1929

Died:3 March 2011

  • He was a space scientist and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
  • He was professor emeritus of the Raman Research Institute in Bangalore, India, where he had been director from 1972 to 1994.
  • He was born in Tondiarpet, a suburb of Madras, to Nobel laureate physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman and his wife Lokasundari Ammal.
  • His earlier schooling was in Madras.
  • He graduated from the Mysore University before joining the Department of Physics at the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
  • He was married to Mrs. Francoise-Dominique Barnard.
  • They have a son Vivek Radhakrishnan who studied design under the direction of Hella Jongerius, from the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands.
  • In 2004, Vivek and his wife Namrata returned home to Bangalore to set up Kynkyny.
  • The company has two facets, Kynkyny Art, a gallery for contemporary Indian art, and Kynkyny Home, a boutique for exclusive home furniture and products.
  • He served on various committees in various capacities.
  • He was the vice president of the International Astronomical Union during 1988-1994.
  • He served as the chairman of Commission J ( Radio Astronomy) of the International Union of Radio Sciences (1981–1984).

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