Prof. P. Raghunathan
(1938 - 2021)

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur


Professor Parthasarathy Raghunathan, a former colleague of ours in the Chemistry department at IIT Kanpur (1978-1992) is no longer with us.

Born in 1938 in Madras Presidency, Raghunathan studied in Madras. After joining the training school in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, he decided to go to the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada for higher studies. After receiving his PhD under the guidance of Professor Charles A. McDowell in the chemistry department, he stayed on as a faculty member for a while. Subsequently, he joined IIT Kanpur as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry in 1978 and rose to the rank of a Professor. He established an active research group in the area of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), while at IITK before becoming the Founding Head, Dept. of NMR, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi in 1992. After his retirement from AIIMS in 1998, he served as an Honorary Professor at the National Brain Research Centre, Gurgaon. He has guided several PhD scholars and has authored/coauthored several research papers over the years. His book on, “Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy in Medicine: Concepts and Techniques”, published by Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad (2007) has been well received by the scientific community.

Professor Raghunathan succumbed to COVID and breathed his last in New Delhi on May 16, 2021. He is survived by his daughter Jyotsna Raghunathan and son Ravi Raghunathan.



  • Anand Pratap Singh (wrote on 24th May 2021)

    I am deeply saddened to hear about his demise. I am sharing one memory that I will never forget:

    I met with him while his visit to MNNIT Allahabad for a course curriculum meeting in April 2012. I went with him to the places he used to visit during his stay at HRI Allahabad. He had also discussed about his life at HRI Allahabad and motivated me to do research in mathematics.

    My sincere condolence to his family. May your soul rest in peace sir. Om Shanti.

  • Debabrat Goswami (wrote on 24th May 2021)

    I was sad to hear that Prof. Raghunathan is no more and has succumbed to corona. He taught us a course in MSc here, which was very thorough. I will always remember him as a mild-mannered, easily approachable, pleasant personality. May his soul rest in peace, and my deepest condolences to his family.

  • Sunil Saxena (wrote on 21st May 2021)

    I am truly saddened by this news - Raghu was an inspiration. I did undergraduate research in his lab back in the early 90's. He was always even-tempered, had a dry sense of humor, and he knew when to step in and give advice. He obviously had a major impact on my becoming an academic and choosing magnetic resonance. He will be missed as a mentor, an academic leader, and as a perfect gentleman.

  • Yashwant D Vankar (wrote on 21st May 2021)

    It is indeed very sad to know that Raghu has passed away. We had shared a good friendship throughout his stay in IITK, and also later whenever we met. He was a gentle-natured colleague. Apart from being a good teacher, and a good researcher, he had varied interests: Cricket, Classical Music and of course a subtle sense of humour!! We will miss him!! May his soul rest in peace and hope that his children (Jyotsna and Ravi) and their families are able to accept this loss.

  • VC (wrote on 21st May 2021)

    I was very sorry to learn that Prof. P. Raghunathan (Raghu) passed away due to COVID. He was an excellent colleague with a dry sense of humor. When I joined IITK in July 1987, he was among the colleagues who was trying to help me settle down. I have had the chance to meet him after he left IITK and have noticed that his sense of humor was alive and kicking. The NMR centre that he helped set up at AIIMS is doing extremely well and this must be a sense of great satisfaction to Raghu. Deepest condolences to his family.


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