Founder and director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Dr PM Bhargava died on Tuesday at the age of 89.The staff of CCMB expresses their deep sadness at the demise of Dr PM Bhargava. He had been suffering from multiple health problems from last few days.
Bhargava was born in Ajaymeru (Rajasthan) on 22nd February 1928 in a small middle-class family. Bhargava had received Padma Bhushan from the President in 1986, but returned it in 2015 as an act of protest against the Governments active erosion of spaces for dissent within the country.
Dr. Bhargava’s pioneering vision and efforts led to the founding of CCMB in 1977 as an institution for research in basic biology and for seeking its application for the benefit of society. He belonged to the generation of nation building scientists who built the edifice of Indian science. He was an internationally recognized molecular biologist, thinker, and institution builder.
His interests and engagements covered science as well as art and culture and their relation to society. He remained deeply engaged in social issues, particularly those relating to the impact of science on society in India and the world. His extraordinary energy and commitment will continue to always inspire us in our future endeavors. He will be greatly missed. CCMB expresses its deep condolences to his daughter Vaneeta, son Mohit, and the family.