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Renowned space scientist and academic Yash Pal dies at 90

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New Delhi: Renowned space scientist and Padma Vibhushan awardee Professor Yash Pal passed away at his residence in Noida on Tuesday morning. He was 90.

Professor Yash Pal pioneered the first cable and satellite television broadcast for the world in the 1970’s. He was the founder director of ISRO’s Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad.

Professor Pal was also a well known educator and chairman of the University Grants Commission. Apart from space he was the author of a major report which argued on reducing the burden in the school bags for little children.

A familiar face on TV, Professor Pal was lucid in his communication of Science.

In 2013, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian honour.

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