Ex-TERI chief R K Pachauri dies at 79

Environmentalist RK Pachauri dies at 79

Environmentalist RK Pachauri dies at 79

"Teri is what it is because of Pachauri's untiring perseverance".

RK Pachauri died at the age of 79 after a prolonged battle against heart illness.

Pachauri reportedly underwent a cardiac surgery recently, and was admitted at the Escorts Heart Institute. He died at his residence with his wife, daughter and son on his side.

A source quoted in the report stated that Pachauri had an open-heart surgery but was put on the ventilator.

"His courageous leadership allowed climate change to be recognized world over as the most pressing issue confronting the world and launched a new era of global deliberations and actions", said his family.

TERI, short for New Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute, expressed "immense sadness" over Dr Pachauri's death. "The entire TERI family stands with the family of Dr Pachauri in this hour of grief", TERI Director General Ajay Mathur said in the statement.

The Indian environmentalist Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, under whose leadership a United Nations climate change panel shared the 2007 Nobel peace prize, has died after recent heart surgery.

Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, IPCC vice chairman from 2002-2015, said coming from a developing country, Pachauri should be credited for drawing the attention, long before others, to the importance of finding synergies between climate policies and sustainable developing agenda. In October 2018, a Delhi court had framed molestation charges against Pachauri, who had denied the charges. The court had given him anticipatory bail in 2015.

Pachauri won civilian awards from India's government in 2001 and 2008.

He chaired the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change panel from 2002 until he resigned in 2015 after an employee at his research firm accused him of sexual harassment.

The Nobel Prize recognised IPCC for its "efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".

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.

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