Former TERI chief RK Pachauri passes away at 79

James Marshall
February 13, 2020

In a statement, his family said Pachauri underwent a major heart surgery before succumbing to his deteriorating health on Thursday.

"Pachauri, who has been a leading voice on climate change and environment, passed away peacefully in New Delhi at his residence on the evening of 13th February 2020", the family said in a statement.

He had underwent an open heart surgery at Escorts Heart Institute after suffering a stroke in Mexico in July a year ago, said a source, adding that he was critical. His contribution to field of research in climate change and global warming has been acknowledged across the world. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has expressed grief over his dying.

Dr. RK Pachauri, the nation's main environmentalist and former head of TERI, handed away on Thursday on the age of 79. Terry issued a press launch saying that the whole Terry household is standing with Dr. Pachauri's household on this hour of grief.

Current TERI Director-General Ajay Mathur hailed his predecessor's "untiring perseverance" towards establishing the institution. However, the world-renowned environmentalist's remarkable career was overshadowed by a sexual harassment scandal involving a former woman colleague at TERI. He played a pivotal role in making us a leading organisation in the sustainability space.

He was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.

Pachauri was the Chairman of UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) when it won the Nobel Peace Price in 2007.

"Dr Pachauri's contribution to global sustainable development is unparalleled", said TERI Chairman Nitin Desai.

Pachauri was born on 20 August, 1940 in Nainital, Uttarakhand, and studied at La Martiniere College in Lucknow and at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar. Pachauri has denied all the allegations against him. A district court had in October 2018 framed molestation charges against him.

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