Prof. S.V. Subramanyam (1943-2015)
Born: September 3rd
1943; Nangli, Kolar
Prof. Subramanyam took his responsibilities towards the society very seriously. His role in popularizing science among school children in rural areas was highly appreciated. He delivered more than 1000 lectures on science topics in schools, colleges and public places. Many of his lectures were delivered in the local Kannada language and broadcast through radio and television programs. He was the Vice President of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers, the Chapter President of the Indian Physics Association, the Governor of the Centre for Science and technology, Vice President of the Society for Development of Women and Children, the Treasurer of the Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishad, Council Member of the National Education Society of Karnataka, Honorary Secretary of the Materials Research Society of India, the Chairman of the National Talent Search Committee in science and mathematics constituted by the Government of Karnataka, the Chairman of the Committee to prepare books in science and mathematics for the high schools of the Government of Karnataka, and the author of NCERT books in physics for XI and XII standard.
Academic and Research Achievements:
Prof. Subramanyam was interested in several research areas such as multiphase fluid dynamics, critical point phenomena, low temperature physics, high pressure physics, synthetic metals, conducting polymers, superconductivity and carbon based materials. Some highlights of his scientific research include the discovery of the failure of the rectilinear diameter behaviour in the critical region, observation for the first time the field induced electrical switching with memory effects in charge transfer complexes, elucidation of conduction mechanism in polypyrrole, development of high pressure clamps for transport measurements at high pressure and low temperature and high magnetic fields, and, discovery of high conducting amorphous phase of carbon with unusual transport and other properties. Subramanyam had published about 110 research papers and written 23 books. He had guided about 20 students for their PhD degree.
Awards and Honours: Prof. Subramanyam was elected Fellow of
Prof. Subramanyam breathed his last on August 1, 2015, leaving behind his wife, son and two daughters.