Obituary: Professor Padma Kant Shukla

Professor Padma Kant Shukla passed away on the 26th of January 2013 in New Delhi, India, just after receiving the prestigious Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) Award. He was born in the village Tulapur, Uttar   Pradesh (UP), India and was educated there. After his Ph.D. in Physics from Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, he obtained his second  doctorate degree in Theoretical Plasma Physics from Umea University. He worked at the Faculty of Physics & Astronomy, Ruhr-University  Bochum, Germany since January 1973, where he was a permanent faculty member and Professor of International Affairs, a position that was  created for him to honour his international accomplishments and reputation. He was IUPAP Commission 16 Chair from 2009-2012.