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GMS expresses heartfelt condolences on sad demise of Prof. P. K. Kaw on 18 June 2017. Born on 15 January 1948 Prof. Kaw received his Ph.D. from IIT Delhi under the supervision of Prof. M. S. Sodha, only at the age of 18. He was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award, India's fourth-highest honor, in 1985 and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1986. He was awarded the Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Prize of Plasma Physics for his seminal contributions in the areas of laser-plasma interactions and strongly coupled dusty plasmas. He is also the recipient of TWAS prize instituted by the World Academy of Sciences. Prof. Kaw has contributed to diverse areas of Plasma Physics and inspired many young minds to pursue Plasma Physics as research career. Prof. Kaw founded Institute for Plasma Research and served as the director from 1986 to 2012. He was holding the chair of DST Year of Science Professor at IPR. He is the father of Indian nuclear fusion research. His sad demise is a great loss to the nation. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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