August 22, 2017 Update – A memorial function scheduled for September 30, 2017
A memorial event celebrating the life of Late Prof. Tara Prasad Das is planned on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Alumni House of the University at Albany, Albany, NY. On behalf of Professor Das’s family, we would like to request you to attend this function.
Tentative program schedule on September 30, 2017 is –
9 AM to 12 Noon – Professor Das as a scientist and academician: Remembrance by his former students, associates and colleagues.
12 Noon to 1:30 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM – Professor Das as a man and mentor: Tributes by students, friends, colleagues, and family members
4 PM to 5 PM – Greeting friends and family of Professor Das
5 PM to 7 PM – Open house and reception
Please RSVP to Dr. Narayan Sahoo by Wednesday, August 30, 2017, if you plan to attend this memorial function and would like to speak, either during the morning or afternoon session. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to e-mail your thoughts about Professor Das to Narayan Sahoo or (comment on this post by 8/30/2017), and it will be read during this function.
Dr. Subhendra D. Mahanti,
Dr. Purosottam Jena,
Dr. Narayan Sahoo.
July 18, 2017 Post
India/Odisha lost a reputed internationally famous physicist Professor Tara Prasad Das. We were told that he passed away today (July 18, 2017), Tuesday peacefully following a small accident in home a few weeks back and was given therapy to which he was responding well. At this time we do not have any details to report. Born on July 7, 1932 in Cuttack, Odisha, India to Radha Krishna and Krishna Priya Das, one of seven siblings. This sad news brings a feeling of loss and grief to a worldwide community of family, friends, students and colleagues. Although best known for his distinguished and prolific 60 year career in theoretical physics, Prof. Das’ greatest accomplishments were as a devoted and fiercely loyal son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. His greatest joy was attending the many academic, sporting and social events of his four grandchildren; he truly delighted in their accomplishments.
He was a brilliant student, entering college at age 13 and receiving his PhD degree from the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in 1955.
Tara Orasad Das married Basanta Manjari Mahanti in Bhubaneswar, India in 1958. The family ultimately settled in Guilderland, NY in 1971 where Prof. Das began a career in the physics department at SUNY Albany that culminated in his retirement in 2013 at the age of 81. Their 3 children represent different stages of Prof. Das’ academic career – Puspa Manjari Das, PhD born in Champaign, Illinois; Shankar Prasad Das, MD in Oxford, England; and Surjya Prasad Das, MD in Riverside, California. Tara Prasad and Basanta Manjari have five grand children.
Through his life, Prof. Das travelled extensively, visiting more than 40 countries and frequently included his family, fostering an enduring appreciation for the closeness of family and the unity of humanity. He treated everyone he met with dignity and respect, providing an enduring example for all around him.
(Source: Professor Purusottam Jena, Richmond, Virginia) This was a statement he had dictated in the last Ravenshaw University Sequestential event in 2016.
(Source: Dr. Narayan Sahoo) Biosketch of Professor Tara Prasad Das_v1
(Source: from the bereaved family) ProfessorTaraPrasadDas_Shanti_Final
(Source: Times Union, Albany) Legacy.com
Note from the family
In lieu of flowers, contributions are invited to the University of Albany Foundation, Professor T. P. Das Physics Endowment.
Professor Das has had total publication in Refereed Journals of about four hundred (400), review articles numbering 10, and three Books, on: (a) Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Spectroscopy (1957) (Academic Press) (b) Nuclear Induction (1957) (Saha Institute Press) and (c) Relativistic Quantum Mechanics of Electrons (1973) (Harper and Row).
Total number of Ph.D. Degree Students