New Delhi: Veteran atomic scientist and ex chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Dr Sekhar Basu succumbed to COVID-19 early on Thursday at a private hospital in Kolkata.
As per reports, he breathed his last just three days after turning 68.
A mechanical engineer, Dr Basu is revered for his contributions to the country's atomic energy programme.
Padma Shri awardee Basu also pioneered the highly complex reactor for India''s first nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant.
PM Modi condoles death of veteran nuclear scientist Dr Sekhar Basu.
I join the atomic energy fraternity in grieving the passing away of Dr. Sekhar Basu, a renowned nuclear scientist who played a key role in establishing India as a lead country in nuclear science and engineering. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Om Shanti!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 24, 2020
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also condoled the demise of Dr Basu.
Taking to Twitter, Banerjee wrote"Grieved to hear about the passing away of veteran nuclear scientist and former Atomic Energy Commission chairman, Dr Sekhar Basu. My condolences to his family and colleagues,"
Grieved to hear about the passing away of veteran nuclear scientist and former Atomic Energy Commission chairman, Dr Sekhar Basu. My condolences to his family and colleagues.— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 24, 2020