Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Indian nuclear scientist Homi Sethna has died at the age 86. His death was announced by Homi Mehta, a long time associate of Sethna. The cause of death was announced as lung fibrosis.

During his career Sethna held several posts including director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. During his time with the AEC Sethna presided over India’s nuclear experiment at Pokhran in 1974.

K. Sankaranarayanan, governor of Maharashtra, said in a condolence message “Dr. Homi Sethna was one of India’s pioneering nuclear scientists, who had played a crucial role in the successful conduct of India’s first peaceful nuclear test in 1974. Even after his retirement, he held many important positions and continued to contribute to the task of nation building. I pay my respects to the memory of Dr. Sethna… and convey my heartfelt condolences to his family members.”