Obit: Dr. N. Venkatasubramanian, former principal of Vivekananda College

Dr. N. Venkatasubramanian, aged 90, former principal of Vivekananda College passed away in Issaquah, Washington State, USA on  July 28 at his family’s residence.

He was Principal of Vivekananda College from 1973 to 1981 and Professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry from 1961 to 1981.

As a senior researcher in chemistry, he guided a generation of students who went on to excel. During his tenure here, he raised the college to be a world renowned centre for studies in chemistry.

Many of his research students grew up to become reputed and eminent chemists across the world under his tutelage, his family said.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, five sons and their families, and his numerous students, all of whom he always considered as his extended family.

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2 Comments on “Obit: Dr. N. Venkatasubramanian, former principal of Vivekananda College”

  1. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, many of faculty in Department of Chemistry at Vivekananda College were students of Prof. NVS. Prof. NVS’ research program in the areas of physical organic chemistry and chemical kinetics were remarkable in terms of scope and productivity. I was a student in Viveka for 1986-1989 and was fortunate to have learned from many of his students such as Dr. S. Sundaram and Dr. V. S. Srinivasan. They were great teachers and supported the students day in and day out. The excitement for Chemistry was palpable in our daily conversations. Thus, we were the beneficiaries of the foundation laid by Prof. NVS in Viveka. Prof. NVS’ legacy lives on through his students and their students.
    -D. Venkataraman
    Professor of Chemistry
    University of Massachusetts Amherst

  2. A great scientist, able administrator and a great man simplicity and virtue.
    Under his principal’s tenure, I was the best outgoing student in 1974, blessed by him with Dr Nanjunda Rao Gold Medal. With the consistent University First Rank with a First class in MA degree, I took his blessings to get my Ph.D later at University of Madras. All my later achievements of joining State & Central Universities I owe to this great soul.
    May his soul rest in peace!

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