ProF. A S Vasudeva Murthy
7 September 1957 - 29 April 2021
Souvik roy, univ of texas, austin
It's absolutely hard for me to believe that Vasu Sir is no longer with us. I had the immeasurable good luck to have him as my PhD advisor, who shaped and changed my career. In him, I experienced true scholarship met with humility. A prolific thinker, he was a very generous, charismatic, and approachable mathematician. Furthermore, I also shared with him a very affectionate relationship. We had numerous memorable and joyful moments at the TIFR-CAM canteen, during workshops at IISC, and while conversing over the phone. Also, whenever I faced hardships, he was always beside me. His words "Sab theek hain", accompanied by a smile, made the world look so relaxed. More than a Ph.D. advisor, he was like a father figure to me.
arnab jyoti das gupta
In the memory of my PhD guide, who never let pressure to build-up, who was always there for help, advice; conversations with whom always showed light.
B V Rathish kumar, IIT Kanpur
It is indeed very shocking to note that Prof. Vasu is no longer with us.....! Prof. Vasu will always remain with us for his kind and generous help both with academic and non-academic matters. On the academic front he was always ready to help us whenever we requested either to review a thesis or to be a valuable resource person or to be a member of an expert committee. As a person he was always very kind, friendly, understanding, supportive and cooperative. His departure is certainly an irreparable loss to the applied mathematics community! We sincerely pray for the peace of the departed soul and for the strength of his family.
Vidar thomee, chalmers univ
a k nandakumaran, iisc
Thirupathi Gudi, iisc
At the workshop on "Advanced Computational Techniques for Differential Equations with MATLAB", Dept. of Mathematics, IIT Roorkee, Sept. 18-22, 2018.
naoto kumano-go, kogakuin univ., japan
I am a professor at Kogakuin University, Japan, and working to give a mathematically rigorous meaning to Feynman path integrals. I studied partial differential equations and pseudo-differential operators at the University of Tokyo. Because I could write a paper on Feynman path integrals in 2004, I sent its off-prints to many researchers, maybe 100. Of course, there were few responses. However, there were a few kind responses. Prof. Vasudeva was one of them. In July 2009, Prof. Vasudeva gave me a chance to talk four times at Homi Bhabha Birth Centenary Symposium at TIFR-CAM. In March 2010, I invited Prof. Vasudeva to Japan, and Prof. Vasudeva gave talks at Nihon University. In February-March of 2011, I could study at TIFR-CAM as a visiting professor. In August of 2012, I invited Prof. Vasudeva to Japan, and Prof. Vasudeva gave talks at the University of Tokyo. Though I wished to invite Prof. Vasudeva to Japan more, he gave me opportunity to study at TIFR-CAM in August 2013, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Thanks to Prof. Vasudeva and TIFR-CAM, I could earn The 7th (2015) Hukuhara Prize in the Division of Functional Equations, The Mathematical Society of Japan. Prof. Vasudeva was a kind and great man.
Vasudeva Murthy, Naoto Kumano-go and M. Vanninathan in Tokyo, Japan, 2012.
praveen c, tifr-cam
During Workshop on Advances in Computational Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer at Annamalai University, Oct 2005.
During the conference on the occasion of his retirement, 30 sep. 2019
Photos by Veena K, Librarian, TIFR-CAM
Ameya jagtap, Brown univ.
Prof. Vasu was a rare combination of engineer and mathematician. I was fortunate to work under the guidance of Vasu Sir as his last postdoctoral student for almost 2.5 years. During that period I learned many things from him, both academic as well as things related to life. He truly shaped my research career. He was always a father figure to me, very kind, generous, and easily approachable for any kind of problem. His passion for research and teaching always inspired me. Even after retirement from CAM, he was really passionate to pursue new research topics. In fact, just weeks before his sad demise we were planning to arrange a three days workshop on the topic of Scientific Machine Learning. His sudden departure was a shock and an irreparable loss to the research community.
P S Datti, TIFR-CAM
Chhatra pal, univ. of delhi
It's very shocking for me that Prof Vasudeva Murthy is no longer with us. I met Prof Vasudeva Murthy in NPDE program in BITS Hyderabad in 2016. He was a very very kind, generous, and easily approachable for any kind of problem. His passion for research and teaching always inspired to us. We sincerely pray for the peace of the departed soul and for the strength of his family.
C. Venkata srinivas, indira gandhi centre for atomic research, kalpakkam
I was taken aback on the shocking news that Prof Vasudeva Murthy Sir is no longer with us. I had the opportunity to work with Prof. Vasudeva Murthy sir in the BRNS research project on Windfield modelling around Kalpakkam coastal site for radioactivity dispersion dispersion analysis. He was a towering personality in mathematics yet very simple to approach. With particular reference to Atmospheric science he worked on various topics such as Linear sea breeze model, development of a general circulation model for monsoon prediction, Linear and Non-linear Kalman filters for assimilation in atmospheric models ,etc., a few to mention to my remembrance. We had formulated together a research problem on the application of Kalman-Filters in radionuclide dispersion in the environment. I also attended some of his talks during conferences - he explains in simple terms on complex mathematical problems. He has shown unique mathematical solutions to various scientific and engineering problems and truly a genius. We have lost a humble scholar, ardent teacher and excellent human being.
Aditya Goturu, Mahindra Ecole Centrale
I was an undergraduate student of electrical engineering, and during Feb of 2021, I attended a course taught by Prof Vasudeva Murthy. It was a small class, and I was the only junior student in the course. The rest of the class elected to attend college online that semester, so I'd attend the class alone in his cabin. Prof Murthy had the ability to get me fascinated by the course and heavily used visual intuition to help explain things. After class, we'd often sit and chat for a long time. I remember one day we sat for almost 3 hours, just talking about things that fascinated us. One topic that comes to mind is we were discussing how one might mathematically model why a cat always lands on it's legs. This was a very difficult semester for me and I was not in a great headspace, and these classes, and conversations, were an oasis in a desert of insanity for me. Prof Murthy was a wonderful human being and a brilliant mathematician and engineer, and that combination perhaps allowed for him to make mathematics fascinating to someone who finds engineering fascinating. My conversations with him continue to shape me as a person and an engineer. Rest in peace, Professor. You were too brilliant for this world anyway.
G. N. Dayananda, CSIR (Retd)
I am deeply saddened to hear the news about Prof. Vasudevamurthy's untimely demise. He used to visit Dr U N Sinha's lab at NAL, Bangalore where I had interactions with him. He was a very pleasant and affable person. He used to treat me with great affection. He was certainly a well known mathematician and that apart he was fond of Indian literature including Kannada. He was thrilled when I once quoted a few lines from the iconic Kannada poet Kumaravyasa's Mahabharata poem. I will miss him. My sincere condolences to the members of Prof. Vasudevamurthy's family. I pray to God to give them the strength to bear the irreparable loss.