Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rohiniprasad Kodavatiganti

passed away in Mumbai at the age of 63. From
"Rich tributes were paid to the renowned scientist, science writer, musician and man of many facets Kodavatiganti Rohini Prasad who breathed his last in Mumbai, at a meeting organised by Jana Sahiti, Praja Sahiti, Jana Vijanana Vedika, SriSri Sahitya Nidhi, Virasam and others here on Sunday.Dr Anjaiah, Professor of Social Scienes, Nagarjuna University, said Rohini Prasad started aggressive writing post-retirement. He produced seven volumes, 343 published articles which showed his talent and stamina.

Inspite of ill health, he strove hard to spread scientific temper among people.He used to call on Jana Sahiti first to find out whether they were able to publish his latest book on science. "If they expressed their inability to bring out the low-cost edition, then only he would contacted other publishers," he recalled. That was his commitment to spread science, he added.

Rohini Prasad believed that science was basically committed to equality, he observed. There were a very few science writers who could produce books to bring science closer to people, he said and added that Mahidhara Nalini Mohan was among those few.Krishna, poet and member of Virasam, said that whether Rohini Prasad was in the United States or in Mumbai, he used to follow the latest poetry in Telugu."
I met him a few times and we used to exchange information about books. One of his messages last year was' books I read recently':
"One is given below:


2 on anthropology by Richard Leakey. One by Steohen Jay Gould on Darwinism.

I have Ascent of Man by Bronowski in book form as well as 13 episode DVDs.

Also bought more books on Human Antiquity, David A'borough's Living Planet, popular books on Q Mechanics, string theory etc."

He was keen about learning new things, share it with friends and would often wriote about them for the general public. I will miss him.

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