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Earth Scientist T.N. Narasimhan Passes Away

T.N. Narasimhan of Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division passed away on April 29 after a 10-month battle with lymphoma. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Madras and his masters and doctorate from UC Berkeley. Narasimhan began his career at Berkeley Lab in 1976 and was an integral part of the formation of the Earth Sciences Division. His research included the scientific, engineering, cultural, human, and policy aspects of water. Narasimhan is survived by his wife Vijayalakshmi and son Ravi. More>


  1. I was saddened to hear of Nari’s passing and extend my sympathy to his family and friends, it is truly a loss. Nari was one of my first professor’s when I started my graduate studies at Cal in 1996 in what was then the Department of Material Science & Mineral Engineering. I still refer to his class notes from his upper division course in fluid flow and transport and his excellent graduate course in field methods for characterization of subsurface fluid flow systems. Nari truly was a scholar in every sense of the word, and imparted this tradition to his students by emphasizing the importance of understanding the history and evolution of scientific thought. He embodied the concept of Doctor of Philosophy in the broader sense in accordance with its original Greek meaning, which is “love of wisdom.” I will greatly miss his emails which he would send out to the community of scientists at LBL and Berkeley, sharing his latest manuscripts and engaging us in discussion. May he serve as an inspiration to us.

  2. The world is a much sadder place with Nari not in it. I will always remember his kindness, good humor, deep humanity and profound intelligence. Also, his sweet face and smile. My deepest sympathies to Vijaya and RN.