Mourning Bikash Sinha


FAIR and GSI mourn the loss of an outstanding scientist and one of the pioneers for the FAIR project. The Indian physicist Bikash Sinha passed away on 11 August at the age of 78.

Bikash Sinha was one of the key players and leaders in India's successful partnership with FAIR. He not only pioneered India's entry as a shareholder in FAIR but played a leading role in the conception of the FAIR scientific program. Furthermore he was India's representative in the FAIR Council, FAIR's highest supervisory body, from its beginning in 2010 to 2021. It is largely thanks to his dedication that some 25 scientific institutions and 15 industrial partners in India are now involved in the FAIR project.

Prior to the establishment of FAIR, Bikash Sinha already had many years of successful collaborations with GSI. GSI is happy and proud for having been at the beginning of his great project of Indian international collaboration in the field of relativistic heavy ion physics.

Bikash Sinha was a world-renowned scientist and one of the outstanding personalities in science management in India. He was the director of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, among others. He received numerous awards for his scientific work, including the prestigious Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards given by the Government of India.

FAIR and GSI will have enduring memories of Bikash Sinha as an outstanding scientist, science policy maker, but most of all as a great person and a great friend. To his colleagues and friends Bikash Sinha with his attractive personality was always a source of positive energy and inspiration. The management of GSI/FAIR expresses its deepest condolences to his family and friends. (IP)