Elected FRS 1983
Sivaramakrishna Chandrasekhar died at the age of 73 years at his home in Bangalore. This sad news came from Chandrasekhar's daughter, Indira. She wrote: ‘My father had a mild heart attack followed by a stroke at the end of January, but he was recovering very positively. James, the children and I had been to see him only a few weeks ago. He was full of his usual enthusiasm and was planning various trips to conferences and meetings, and a paper on biaxial nematics, an idea that he had pursued for a long time, had just been accepted. It was a very happy visit. Since he was forced to slow down a little, he was able to relax and enjoy all the visitors who called on him. We were all shocked when he was struck down by a massive cerebral haemorrhage on the night of 7 March and are trying to face the grief and emptiness.’ As this sad news spread, the sorrow of Indira and of her brother Ajit, and that of Chandrasekhar's wife Ila, was shared by all working in the field of liquid crystals, to which Chandrasekhar had devoted his scientific talents and efforts since the 1960s.