Nehru Planetarium director Dr Nandivada Rathnasree dies of Covid-19

Notable astronomy communicator and director of the Nehru Planetarium, Nandivada Rathnasree, 57, died on Sunday after being contaminated with Covid. Rathnasree, who joined the planetarium in 1996 as a senior educator and have become its director in 1999, has been credited with a number of new initiatives and initiatives throughout her lengthy stint.

Anuj Sinha, former director of the Nationwide Council for Science and Expertise Communication mentioned that she was dedicated to her function. “She ensured that the variety of outreach occasions multiplied by a number of occasions. She would work on weekends, day and evening to make sure astronomy reached folks. She introduced lots of life to the topic. I used to be additionally in science outreach so she was an important ally to work with. She tried to be sure that the wonders of the sky are seen, appreciated and understood,” he mentioned.

Her husband Patrick Dasgupta is a college member on the Division of Physics and Astrophysics at Delhi College.

Rathnasree was additionally a member of the Astronomical Society of India, which expressed its condolences Tuesday.

“An avid astronomy communicator and achieved pulsar astronomer, she was pivotal in most astronomy outreach initiatives of ASI within the final twenty years. When ASI formally arrange its Public Outreach and Schooling Committee (POEC) in 2014, Rathnasree was the unanimous option to be its first chair and she or he has been part of the POEC ever since,” the physique mentioned in its assertion.

The society additionally remembered Ratnasree’s notable contributions throughout her profession. “Until only a fortnight in the past, she was concerned in organising ‘Astro Adda’ a fortnightly on-line dialogue session with the scholars. In early Could, she caught the an infection, which rapidly overwhelmed her,” the assertion mentioned.

Throughout her years in Delhi, she was a focus for the newbie astronomy neighborhood in and across the Capital.

Union minister of tradition despatched condolences to her household. “Extraordinarily saddened to study concerning the unlucky demise of Dr N. Rathnasree, Director of Nehru Planetarium underneath @_NMML_ handed away on sunday. Heartfelt condolences to the household & prayers for the departed soul & God to supply energy to the bereaved household,” the ministry tweeted.

Ramdas Iyer, curator, Nationwide Science Centre, mentioned her loss of life was an enormous loss for college students and the scientific neighborhood. “Rathnashree was among the finest in positional astronomy. That was her specialisation. Considered one of her main contributions to astronomy was popularising the Jantar Mantar, as she organised a number of astronomy walks for varsity and school college students there. She was amongst few planetarium administrators who may design her personal reveals,” he mentioned.

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