Geophysicist Devendra Lal passed away

Devendra Lal (83), who was a geophysicist and visiting professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) of the University of California, San Diego, has passed away.


  • Started his career at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai.
  • Worked on cosmic ray physics, earth and planetary sciences and astrophysics.
  • Major role in setting up the national radiocarbon laboratory at the TIFR to facilitate the chronological studies of Indian archaeological sites going back to the Harappan era.
  • Established a tritium laboratory at TIFR, which was later shifted to the National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad.


  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1967
  • Padma Shri in 1971
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (Skylab III)
  • Hans Peterson Medal from the Royal Swedish Academy



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